Trump, Russians hail summit as major victory; other US views different

Glen Norman
July 19, 2018

The American president called the federal investigation "a disaster" for the USA while Putin demanded evidence of something he said had never been proved.

Trump's defence of Russian interests at the expense of European allies and the U.S. intelligence community is a trend that has been building for months, leaving America's closest allies bewildered.

The only tangible sign of progress was Putin's gift of a World Cup soccer ball to Trump.

Sen. John McCain, the Arizona Republican, called it "one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory".

Earlier on Monday, Trump endorsed Putin's stance on Russia's non-involvement in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, insisting that he ran a clean campaign.

The mildest judgment seemed to be that the president's whiff was a missed opportunity.

With U.S. -Russia tensions exceptionally high, the Kremlin set low expectations for the summit. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., spoke to reporters as he entered the Capitol on Monday. I can't imagine what he said to Mr. Putin directly.

"We continue to call upon the current administration to counter Russia's political and military actions in Syria, the Middle East, and the Ukraine, and to hold Russian Federation accountable for their attempts to meddle in USA and European elections", Hill said. "Nothing is ever going to move and we're just going to have frightful U.S-Russia relation, s which will result in a disgusting situation around the world", said Gladysh.

"My people came to me".

On Monday, following Trump's sustained attacks on German Chancellor Angela Merkel and his referring to the European Union as a foe, Germany's foreign minister said his nation could "no longer completely rely" on the US. Russian Federation "doesn't have the manpower" to keep a dossier on them all, he said.

Putin, for his part, played the role of statesman, serving as a kind of emcee and parrying questions from the press by professing incredulity at the allegations of meddling, before making an astonishing offer of a "deal" with the president. He just said it's not Russian Federation. I will say this: "I don't see any reason why it would be", Trump said.

Yet most Russians aren't saying Putin vanquished Trump.

In a new departure, Putin waded directly into that U.S. domestic debate.

Much of America was watching, and much of the world.

He tweeted a defense of his friendly treatment of Putin earlier Monday as well.

What's required now is for someone in the White House to sit with the president and tell him the truth, Scaramucci said, comparing the situation to the children's story "The Emperor's New Clothes".

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