Published: Thu, July 19, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

McCain calls Trump-Putin summit 'tragic mistake'

McCain calls Trump-Putin summit 'tragic mistake'

The meeting was hotly contested by lawmakers, who demanded Trump cancel the meeting, to agree to bring other United States officials in the meeting, and to prioritize discussing campaign meddling - none of which Trump publicly committed.

Trump and Putin then sat across from each other at a working lunch with high-level aides, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and national security adviser John Bolton.

Russian state-run news and propaganda sites also quickly seized on the news, with Kremlin-controlled Sputnik News reporting that Trump had "harshly criticized Washington's policy toward Moscow".

The summit, which was being closely monitored by rattled world capitals, was condemned in advance by members of Congress from both parties after the USA indictment last week of 12 Russian military intelligence officers accused of hacking Democrats in the 2016 election to help Trump's presidential campaign.

Coats was joined by many former intelligence officials who went much further in slamming Trump's performance in Helsinki.

In an op-ed for the left-leaning magazine The Nation on Tuesday, he wrote he "came to Helsinki to ask Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin questions about the threat of nuclear weapons".

Trump saved his public criticism for his own country, tweeting before the summit: "Our relationship with Russian Federation has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of US foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!" We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

Before that, Mueller brought charges against 13 Russians and three companies accused in a social media campaign to sway US public opinion in 2016. It followed more than two hours of one-on-one discussions involving just the US and Russian leaders, with only translators present.

"I wasn't doing a protest", Husseini said in an AP interview.

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Trump, speaking after lengthy talks with the Russian leader at the Finnish Presidential Palace, said that "we've all been foolish. we've both made mistakes" and that today's summit was just the beginning of a process of restoring ties.

Putin said that issue came up during their private meetings, but Trump did not discuss it during the press conference. Rosenstein said that while evidence shows the Russians were in conversations with some Americans during the time of the alleged activities, there was no evidence that the Americans knew they were talking with Russians.

CBS News' Margaret Brennan reports that Hill, a Putin biographer and former intelligence office, is clear eyed in terms of the current threat Russian Federation poses to the USA and was given a prominent position at the summit on Monday by Bolton deliberately.

McCain, who has been away from the Senate as he battles brain cancer, said the damage inflicted by Trump's "naiveté, egotism, false equivalence, and sympathy for autocrats is hard to calculate".

And Putin again denied alleged collusion between Russian Federation and Trump's election campaign.

Putin said, through an interpreter, that the US and Russian Federation face different challenges than during the Cold War, which is over.

"I don't think you'll have any 'Gee, I did it".

"I believe it's really good".

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