At a joint press conference in Helsinki, Trump defended Putin against claims of Russian interference in the 2016 USA presidential elections, and said the us was equally to blame as Russia for poor relations between the two countries.
The summit, which was controversial to begin with, came just three days after Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein indicted 12 Russian nationals for conspiring to interfere in the 2016 presidential election - including the hackings of the Democratic National Committee, Hillary Clinton campaign employee's emails and state election systems.
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President Trump told the press: "I think we have great opportunities together as two countries that frankly have not been getting along very well over the last number of years".
U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, the top Republican in Congress, said Russian Federation undoubtedly interfered in the 2016 election.
"We are starting to achieve some understanding which gives us sufficient ground to say that some things - a lot of things changed to the better during today's meeting", he said. Russian Federation is not likely to send the accused to the US for trial, as the two countries do not have an agreement about surrendering suspects of crimes. Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin started their first bilateral meeting here on Monday.
Both Senate and House Democratic leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi went so far as to hint that Trump's behavior might be explained by Putin possibly having some embarrassing information about Trump.
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Former CIA chief John Brennan suggested Trump should be removed from office: "Donald Trump's press conference performance in Helsinki rises to and exceeds the threshold of 'high crimes and misdemeanours.' It was nothing short of treasonous. We're all to blame", Trump said. America wants a good relationship with the Russian people, but Vladimir Putin and his thugs are responsible for Soviet-style aggression.
But Trump crossed a line with his comments Monday, Murphy said, by "throwing the entire intelligence community under the bus".
President Donald Trump assured reporters and the public Monday that relations with Russian Federation will improve.
Trump said of Putin: "He just said it's not Russian Federation".
A senior intelligence official told CNN that it was Coats' decision to release the statement following internal discussions Monday morning and that it was not cleared with the White House beforehand.
Lawmakers in both major parties and former intelligence officials appeared shocked, dismayed and uneasy with Trump's suggestion that he believes Putin's denial of interfering in the 2016 elections.
Spokespeople for the Justice Department and Mueller declined to comment on Trump's comments or on Putin's purported offers for assistance.
Trump's decision to side with Putin left a wake of confusion and outrage in the US.