'Helsinki has frozen over': Late night blasts Trump-Putin summit

Larry Hoffman
July 19, 2018

After their joint news conference in Helsinki, Russian media took some swipes at United States journalists for focusing on alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election that brought Trump to power.

Trump's tweets on Tuesday come after he has faced withering criticism at home and overseas for his worldwide trip in which he met North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders, British Prime Minister Theresa May and Putin at a summit in Helsinki, Finland.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is standing firm in his condemnation of Vladimir Putin despite U.S. President Donald Trump's warm words for the Russian president this week. Mr. Trump defied normal presidential behavior by going against his own intelligence officials and siding with Putin over Russian interference in the U.S. Presidential Election. Moscow has also been refuting these allegations.

"This is shameful", said Senator Jeff Flake, a fellow Republican and staunch critic of the president.

Some Republicans have also criticized Trump for his remarks.

He tweeted: "President Trump's decision to side with Putin over American intelligence agencies is disgraceful and detrimental to our democratic principles".

House Speaker Paul Ryan said there is "no question" Russian Federation interfered in the election.

"I really hope the President today clarifies this because I don't think this pro-Russia stuff is necessarily in his heart", Kinzinger said.

"Well, I guess that settles it", Kimmel said, joking.

"It's the notion that Russian Federation is this dark, sinister, evil place that needs to be stayed away from, isolated and so forth", he said.

"It's the internal political games of the United States".

Trump failed to push Putin to end his attacks on the elections and defended him "on all fronts", Murray said. "This was a very good day for President Putin".

The meeting between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin is getting a lot of negative reaction from congressional leaders, but in Seattle at least one Russian is praising the meeting as a step forward in worldwide relations.

"Missed opportunity by President Trump to firmly hold Russian Federation accountable for 2016 meddling and deliver a strong warning". "I think we had a potential problem".

'But I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today.

However, Moscow claimed that there was no evidence to indicate that the 12 had links to the Russian military intelligence.

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