Trump strikes back at critics of Helsinki summit with Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump shake hands before a meeting in Helsinki

During the live press conference, Trump said Putin was "extremely strong and powerful" in denying Russia's involvement in the election, despite the fact it came just three days after the Department of Justice indicted 12 Russians for hacking into DNC servers and distributing emails, with substantial, specific and damning evidence against them.

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly was also reportedly angered by Trump's press conference and believed it would add fuel to special counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing Russian Federation probe.

"If you are asking to be the chief executive of this state, there is a responsibility of leadership to clearly articulate this nation's national security is at risk and this president did nothing to alleviate that", he said.

Trump and Putin "spent a great deal of time" discussing allegations of Russian election meddling as they met for several hours Monday, the US president said.

But while the USA leader expressed his "full faith and support for America's great intelligence agencies", he insisted that "Russia's actions had no impact at all on the outcome of the election".

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said Trump's comments on Tuesday were another sign of weakness, particularly his statement that it "could be other people" responsible for the election meddling.

Earlier in the day, Trump said on Twitter that the meeting between the two world leaders went "better than even expected".

"Any country that can spy does, and any country that can meddle in foreign elections does", Paul said on CNN on Monday. He said that Russian Federation "did meddle with our elections" and that he would consider further sanctions against Moscow. "The worry is that an emboldened Russian Federation will do things that will increase the risk and security uncertainty".

"In a key sentence in my remarks, I said the word "would" instead of 'wouldn't", Trump said today, walking back his words and claiming that the confusion was due to grammatical error.

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Ryan said he had not spoken with Trump, who hosted Republican members of Congress to discuss another round of tax cuts.

The president stressed that he has said those things before and that it also has been determined that Russian interference did not change the outcome of the 2016 election.

"Canada is in a particularly exposed position compared to other western allies because of our trade dependence on the United States", Paris said.

But some of Trump's closest advisers, including Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, held a different view, according to Bloomberg.

Mr Putin suggested on Monday, like Mr Trump has done repeatedly, that Mr Mueller's appointment as an independent prosecutor to pursue the investigation lacks legitimacy.

"I have President Putin".

What did he say at the summit with Putin?

In Russia, the meeting was portrayed as the coming together of two strong leaders - something pro-Kremlin commentator and conservative TV host Andrei Afanasyev said was important to the Russian people. "I just want to have this country be safe".

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