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The president has said he will raise the issue of election meddling with the Russian leader but doesn't expect him to admit to it.

GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham of SC thinks President Donald Trump looked weak in his press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin Monday, labeling the event as a "missed opportunity" for the president to "deliver a strong warning regarding future elections".

The timing, which was first made apparent through a series of criminal charges disclosed Friday against 12 Russian nationals, reveals the complex and apparently reactionary nature of the now infamous foreign hacking operation.

"I have confidence in both parties", Trump said of Russian Federation and the U.S. intelligence community. And what about those Hillary Clinton e-mails anyways? Until Monday, Russia was a chief American adversary.

"Our relationship has never been worse than it is now. I really believe that". So, I think for the president to cast doubt is appropriate.

By "the past, he's presumably referencing 2016 when, Trump's intel leaders have all agreed, Russian Federation interfered with the US presidential election, and also warned all signs are that Putin continues to meddle, and will continue to do to going forward into the midterm elections and beyond". "This has gone from being a matter of curiosity and a matter of politics to being a national security issue", the Clinton campaign said in a statement after Trump's remarks. "I will tell you this - Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing". But it won't happen on its own. "33,000 e-mails gone - just gone". I've been told that by a number of people, we had much better defenses, so they couldn't.

President Putin and President Trump attend a meeting in Helsinki on July 16, 2018.

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The Kremlin denied anew that it tried to sway the election.

"The stories you heard about the 12 Russians yesterday took place during the Obama Administration, not the Trump Administration", Trump tweeted. "This is what the Democrats have been saying it is". Protesters were on the streets of Helsinki to denounce the policies of both Trump and Putin. Longtime critics went so far as to say it amounted to treason.

"This is shameful", said Senator Jeff Flake, the Arizona Republican.

Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher of California - one of the most Russia-friendly members of Congress - told Bloomberg that the USA meddles in elections "at a much higher rate" than Russian Federation. "I think that the probe is a disaster for our country".

No prior president has ever abased himself more abjectly before a tyrant.

"The damage inflicted by President Trump's naivete, egotism, false equivalence, and sympathy for autocrats is hard to calculate", McCain said.

Yet after the bad-tempered North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit and a contentious trip by Trump to Britain, anxious European leaders will have been relieved if not much came out of the Helsinki meeting. "It's very important that they meet". "I trust the good work of our intelligence and law enforcement personnel who have sworn to protect the United States of America from enemies foreign and domestic". The question now is whether the impact is different in dealing with a foreign adversary.

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On Friday, a federal grand jury charged the 12 Russian intelligence officers with hacking Democratic computer networks in 2016 in the most detailed USA accusation yet that Moscow meddled in the election to help Republican Donald Trump.

"What he did is an incredible offer", Trump said.

It's taking a while for the near-universal stunned reaction to today's joint Trump-Putin presser to yield to analysis.

Many in Washington were agog at Trump's decision to sit alone with Putin, anxious about what he might bargain away to the former KGB spymaster, after previously cosying up to the autocratic leaders of China and North Korea.

Those leaders are already fuming over Trump's imposition of trade tariffs on various countries, including Russian Federation.

Putin chuckled at the idea that Russian Federation had collected any compromising material on Trump, saying he wasn't even aware that Trump was in Moscow for the 2013 Miss Universe contest (even though, according to the testimony of several of those involved, Putin's chief spokesman had been attempting to arrange a meeting with Trump during the pageant).

"If anybody watched Peter Strzok testify over the last couple of days - and I was in Brussels watching it - it was a disgrace to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, it was a disgrace to our country, and you would say that was a total witch hunt".

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