Sens. Blunt, McCaskill back finding of Russian interference

Hannah Rogers
July 19, 2018

Trump during a Monday press conference in Helsinki with Russian President Vladimir Putin said he didn't see "any reason" why Russia would have meddled in the 2016 elections.

Damian Collins, member of Britain's House of Commons, speaks during a news conference with American and European counterparts at the Atlantic Council July 16, 2018, in Washington, D.C. She says Trump's actions will "embolden the enemies of our country and erode the support of our allies".

"I reassured President Trump that Russian Federation stands ready to extend this treaty, to prolong it, but we have to agree on the specifics at first, because we have some questions to our American partners", Putin told Fox News in an interview after a summit with Trump on Monday in Helsinki. The president's stance drew strong condemnation from both Republicans and Democrats in Congress.

"President Trump's weakness in front of Putin was embarrassing, and proves that the Russians have something on the President, personally, financially or politically".

President Vladimir Putin says that Moscow and Washington could jointly conduct criminal investigations into Russian intelligence officials accused of hacking during the 2016 US election campaign. "I will say this, I don't see any reason why it would be".

Collins and representatives from parliaments throughout Europe gathered in Washington, D.C., to attend a conference hosted by the Atlantic Council about Russia's widespread attempts to undermine democratic elections in Europe, the USA and Canada.

Putin spoke during a joint news conference with Trump in Helsinki.

US President Trump has 'low expectations' for Putin meeting
Some NATO countries even worry Mr Trump - in a one on one meeting - might recognise Russia's annexation of Crimea. Trump set expectations for the summit low, telling CBS News , "I don't expect anything".

Putin said that he hadn't been aware of Trump's visit to Moscow a few years before his 2016 election, which has been stained by accusations that Russians hacked and interfered in the campaign to support Trump. And it has been interfering in the elections of former Soviet bloc countries such as Latvia for almost three decades. "I have President Putin".

Hanna Hopko, a member of parliament from Ukraine, said she is anxious about Russian interference in her nation's presidential and legislative elections next year. He said Russian Federation remained the "most aggressive foreign actor" trying to disrupt the USA political system. And Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., tweeted that it was a "bad day for the U.S.".

The Trump administration has provided both lethal and non-lethal aide to Ukraine in its ongoing struggle against Russian Federation. "We must make clear that the United States will not tolerate hostile Russian activities". "It's a real our democracies".

Trump's meetings with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies last week, combined with his summit with Putin on Monday, have sent a mixed message to America's European allies about Russia, Collins said.

"There's some discussion about what we might be able to do to let the community know we are supportive of them and their efforts - and not be confused by any of this", Cornyn, who's the second-ranking Republican in the Senate, said in an interview after President Donald Trump threw cold water on the intelligence community's 2017 assessment that Russian President Vladimir Putin had directed a campaign to attack the United States elections with the goal of electing Trump.

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"What we're saying today is we're not on our own", Collins said.

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