Putin made 'incredible offer' in Russian hacking case

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"Mr. Trump stunned onlookers by repeatedly defending Putin during the press conference from allegations that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election and casting doubt on conclusions to that effect made by USA intelligence agencies".

Tumult followed. Leaders of Trump's own Republican Party denounced his embrace of Putin over America's intelligence community, and his refusal to acknowledge the incontrovertible evidence that Russian Federation indeed had interfered in the presidential campaign.

Trump said Putin made a "very powerful" denial of Moscow's 2016 campaign influence operation and said he has "confidence in both parties".

Following his press conference with President Trump, Russian president Vladimir Putin sat down Monday with Fox News' Chris Wallace for an exclusive interview.

The US Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats, also issued a statement saying that the intelligence community had been clear about Russia's "ongoing, pervasive attempts" to undermine US democracy.

"If you listen to that you would have thought President Putin was a perfectly legitimate, credible voice of reason, and he's anything but that", said Metropolitan State University of Denver professor of political science Norman Provizer.

Putin stated his public denial on Monday, but he also admitted for the first time that he did want Trump to win the election.

"Look, you need to have a strategy, and I don't think he should be doing one-on-one meetings with heads of state because too much is at stake", Hurd said Tuesday on CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360". "It's the thing that he told me when he went in". Marco Rubio's proposal to impose sanctions on any country that interferes in USA elections.

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Trump's remarks are likely to make attention on Russia's role in the 2018 elections even more focused - something Sen.

Tchantouridze says former President Obama was too cautious in his dealings with Russian Federation, so this could produce different results. I think that the United States has been foolish.

Mr Trump's performance has created a political storm in the U.S., where the White House has struggled for months to dispel a suggestion that the president was unwilling to stand up to Mr Putin.

Hmm. Can we believe him, particularly after the fawning admiration he has shown for Putin - before and during the Helsinki meetup?

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

They also want to know about any talk on changing worldwide security agreements, if Trump made any commitments tied to the United States' presence in Syria or military exercises for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

The Arizona Senator said: "Today's press conference in Helsinki was one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory". He says he liked what Mr. Trump's had to say.