Addressing a joint press-conference in Helsinki, Finland, Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald trump, spoke on a wide range of critical issues like: peace process in the Korean Peninsula, non-intervention of Russia in the internal matters of the United States and the implications of Trump pulling out US from Iran-nuclear deal. He also said the US investigation into Russian involvement has been a "disaster" that's kept the United States and Russia "separated".
Johnson made the comments after meeting with Wisconsin business executives to hear how their companies are being affected by the US trade war with China.
United States lawmakers blasted President Donald Trump Monday over his uncritical comments towards Russian Federation during a landmark summit with Vladimir Putin, calling it "shameful", "dangerous" and "verging on treason".
Abby Huntsman, a reporter for Fox News and daughter of US Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman Jr., also blasted Trump for holding a press conference with the Russian leader.
Wallace said he did what he suspected Trump did not do in the president's private meeting with Putin - show the Russian leader a copy of the indictments handed down last week against a dozen Russian intelligence officials for their actions in the 2016 presidential election.
Brennan reacted by accusing Trump of committing "high crimes and misdemeanors", the same words found in Article II Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution laying out the grounds for impeachment.
"Vladimir Putin is not our friend and never has been".
"He just said it's not Russia", Trump said of Putin. "Putin is not a democratically elected leader - he is a dictator".
For his part, Trump criticised the ongoing U.S. investigation into the allegations as a "disaster".
At the news conference, Putin was asked whether his government had compromising information on the USA president - a reference to the so-called Steele dossier that contains unverified salacious information about one of Trump's visits to the country as a businessman.
Senator Ben Sasse called it "bizarre" and "flat-out wrong" for Trump to suggest that both the U.S. and Russian Federation are to blame for deteriorated relations.
Former intelligence chiefs who served under then-president Barack Obama were scathing in their criticism of his remarks.
The day began with a breakfast with Finnish President Sauli Niinistö, at which Trump predicted "we'll do just fine" at his bilateral meeting with Putin.
Last week, USA authorities indicted 12 Russian military intelligence officers for alleged interference in the 2016 presidential vote.
Trump called it "direct, open, deeply productive dialogue" and said "our relationship has never been worse than it is now - however, that changed as of about four hours ago".
Democrats had much harsher language for the president. "The President put what's best for him over what's best for the security and well-being of the United States".
Even in the wake of Friday's indictments, the 59 percent who say in the HuffPost/YouGov poll that it's probably or definitely true that Russian Federation hacked Democrats' emails to help Trump's election chances is basically unmoved from the 57 percent who said so last December. Add Donald Trump as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Donald Trump news, video, and analysis from ABC News.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., was similarly disdainful, saying Trump "had the opportunity to stand up to Putin".
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