Vladimir Putin made ‘incredible offer’ in Russian hacking case: Donald Trump

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Leading US lawmakers, including numerous Republicans, criticized President Donald Trump on Monday for failing to confront Russian President Vladimir Putin over Moscow's meddling in the 2016 USA election as the two heads of nuclear powers stood side-by-side at a joint news conference.

What could possibly cause President Trump to put the interests of Russian Federation over those of the United States?

John McCain called the whole meeting a "tragic mistake". Stroking Putin does not stoke his base, even though Trump's warmth toward the strongman has itself moved the needle.

Putin pointed out that Mueller's previous indictment, against 13 Russians and a catering company, was being contested in a USA court, which "has not discovered any trace of interference whatsoever".

Kimmel said Trump met with his "KGBFF, Vladimir Putin".

"Anyone who just believes President Putin given his record is someone who you could probably sell the Brooklyn Bridge to", Provizer said.

USA intelligence officials have said the Kremlin was behind the effort to help Trump defeat Clinton, and Mueller tied the hack to the Russian government by identifying the culprits as officers in a Russian military intelligence agency known as the GRU.

Mr Trump also blamed poor relations with Russia on past United States administrations rather than Russian actions. It allowed the Russian president to avoid the opprobrium of the world's most powerful country over election meddling and other issues that have riled the West.

What has U.S. reaction been? "Because today, the president of the United States took your side in a fight between you and and the United States". But, he tweeted: 'I never would have thought that the US President would become one of the ones getting played by old KGB hands'.

But Putin, emphatically and repeatedly, denied meddling in the USA election, saying there's "no evidence".

The Russian foreign ministry responded by liking Trump's tweet and then replying, "We agree".

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) sounded a similar note, saying of Trump's behavior: "It's inexplicable - or maybe it's not".

And, Trump once again seemed to doubt the USA intelligence community's assessment that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election.

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"Not only were Trump's comments imbecilic, he is wholly in the pocket of Putin. Republican Patriots: Where are you???" he wrote.

"That's not part of our plans, and it's clear that we did nothing of that kind against Mr Trump". He said Trump's refusal to condemn Russian interference in the 2016 election makes the USA 'look like a pushover'.

Democratic California Representative Jimmy Gomez charged: "To side with Putin over U.S. intelligence is disgusting; to fail to defend the U.S. is on the verge of treason".

Trump sat down with Fox News host Sean Hannity for a softball interview following the summit in Helsinki. All right? I was informed by our security people in no uncertain terms that my phone was bugged and my room had cameras in it.

Both before and after the Trump-Putin meeting, the cable news coverage was as hostile and hateful toward the president as any this writer has ever seen. "Those are internal political games of the US".

European allies are uneasy. US-Russia relations are uncertain.

Mr Coats' statement was seen as an uncommonly brusque pushback by the United States intelligence community against the White House. Trump still maintained that his meetings with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies went well and his summit with Putin "even better".

In a tweet prior to the meeting, Trump indicted the elites of both parties: "Our relationship with Russian Federation has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of USA foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!"

Relations between Russian Federation and the West were severely strained by Moscow's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 and Russia's support for separatists in eastern Ukraine.