The Russians said it lasted two hours and 10 minutes. A statement by Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Arizona) had a similar sentiment: "President Trump's meeting today with Vladimir Putin of Russian Federation was an appalling display of self-serving posturing by both men".
This email will be delivered to your inbox once a day in the morning. Trump did not explicitly say he believed Putin on the subject of election interference but did call the Russian leader's denials "extremely powerful". Friday's charges against the 12 Russian officers alleging they hacked Democratic computer networks in 2016 represented the most detailed USA accusation yet that Moscow meddled in the election to help Trump .
Butina was arrested over the weekend amid signs that she planned to leave the country. Her personal ties, "save for those US persons she attempted to exploit and influence", are to Russian Federation, according to the government court filing.
Facing a barrage of questions about the war in Syrian and Russia's alleged role in Trump's 2016 election victory, both men broke into brief smiles as the Kremlin chief handed over the souvenir. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., the minority leader, says never in the history of the country has an American president supported an adversary the way Trump sided with Putin.
On Tuesday, the president appeared to walk back the questionable comments he made at the summit where he appeared to believe Putin's word over the assessment from US intelligence agencies that the Russian government meddled in the USA election.
Finland's largest newspaper welcomed President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin to their summit in Helsinki with giant billboards attacking both leaders' treatment of the press. The Republican chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee was also sharply critical. "Presidents Trump and Putin respect each other and they get along well", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.