United States President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin wrapped up their summit in Helsinki promising to enhance their relationship.
After a number of hours of talks, the difficulty on the highest of everybody’s thoughts was what they considered US companies pointing the finger at Russia for interfering within the 2016 US presidential election.
Listed below are just a few of the important thing moments from their media convention.
1. Trump blamed the Mueller probe for dangerous relations with Russia
Mr Trump replied: “all I can do is ask the question” about Russia interference in the 2016 presidential election. (Reuters: Kevin Lamarque)
Standing alongside the person accused of coordinating an interference marketing campaign within the election, Mr Trump defended Mr Putin and known as the probe headed up by former FBI director Robert Mueller a “catastrophe”.
“I do really feel that now we have each made some errors. I feel that the, the probe is a catastrophe for our nation,” Mr Trump mentioned.
“I feel it is stored us aside, it is stored us separated.”
However that hasn’t gone down nicely in the US, with even members of his personal get together condemning Mr Trump’s response.
I never thought I would see the day when our American President would stand on the stage with the Russian President and place blame on the United States for Russian aggression. This is shameful.
2. Trump mentioned Putin was ‘highly effective’ in his denial of meddling
When requested if he would denounce what occurred in 2016, Mr Trump responded: “I’ve nice confidence in my intelligence individuals however I’ll inform you that President Putin was extraordinarily sturdy and highly effective in his denial at this time …”.
Mr Trump then went on to defend his “clear marketing campaign,” arguing, “I beat Hillary Clinton simply and admittedly we beat her”.
He later mentioned, “simply to say it one time once more and I say it on a regular basis, there was no collusion. I did not know the President”.
“There was no person to collude with,” he mentioned.
“There was no collusion with the marketing campaign and each time you hear all of those you realize 12 and 14 — stuff that has nothing to do and admittedly they admit — these are usually not individuals concerned within the marketing campaign.”
As I said today and many times before, “I have GREAT confidence in MY intelligence people.” However, I also recognize that in order to build a brighter future, we cannot exclusively focus on the past – as the world’s two largest nuclear powers, we must get along!”
3. Trump says ‘all I can do is ask the query’ of Putin
Mr Trump was additionally requested whether or not he believed US intelligence companies or Russia over interference within the presidential election.
He replied: “All I can do is ask the query” of Mr Putin.
“My individuals got here to me, Dan Coates, got here to me and a few others they mentioned they suppose it is Russia. I’ve President Putin. He simply mentioned it is not Russia,” he mentioned.
“I’ll say this: I do not see any purpose why it might be. However I actually do wish to see the server however I’ve, I’ve confidence in each events.”
4. Putin’s provide to permit US to query 12 Russians charged with hacking is ‘an unimaginable provide’
Mr Trump additionally mentioned the 12 Russian intelligence officers who have been charged on the weekend by a US federal grand jury with hacking the Democratic Occasion’s laptop networks in 2016.
In a 29-page indictment, the grand jury laid out how Russians schemed to interrupt into key Democratic e-mail accounts months earlier than Individuals went to the polls.
However Mr Trump mentioned Mr Putin was made an “unimaginable provide” by inviting these engaged on the case to Russia.
“He supplied to have the individuals engaged on the case come and work with their investigators, with respect to the 12 individuals,” he mentioned.
“I feel that is an unimaginable provide. OK? Thanks.”
5. Putin admits he wished Trump to win the election
Mr Putin was asked why Americans should believe his statement that Russia did not intervene in the election. (AP: Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
The Russian chief additionally confirmed worldwide suspicions and the assessments of the US intelligence neighborhood that he was rooting for Mr Trump over Hillary Clinton in the course of the 2016 US presidential election.
“Sure, I did,” Mr Putin mentioned, when requested if he wished Mr Trump to win.
“Sure, I did. As a result of he talked about bringing the US-Russia relationship again to regular.”
In spite of everything, for the previous seven years, Ms Clinton and Mr Putin have been in a tit-for-tat battle of phrases, with their language typically changing into fairly heated.
When Mr Putin was requested about meddling within the election, his response was one other query: “Do you consider the US is a democracy?”