Expert analysis of the Trump-Putin meeting

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The two leaders met and shook hands this afternoon in the Finnish capital as they headed into the private meeting.

Trump also appeared to embrace Putin's offer to have Russian investigators work together with USA prosecutors on the case of the 12 just indicted.

Mr Trump added: "I had a great meeting with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation".

Many world leaders have been made to wait for Putin in the past, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and even Pope Francis. John McCain called the Trump-Putin summit "a tragic mistake". "Instead, Trump - standing alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin - touted Putin's vigorous denial and pivoted to complaining about the Democratic National Committee's server and missing emails from Hillary Clinton's personal account".

"For the president of the United States to side with President Putin against American law enforcement, American defense officials, and American intelligence agencies is thoughtless, dangerous, and weak", said Chuck Schumer, the senior Democrat in the Senate.

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.

Trump reiterated his position that the probe into whether his presidential campaign colluded with the alleged Russian interference was politically motivated and represented a "disaster for our country".

Anderson Cooper of CNN calls Trump-Putin news conference 'disgraceful'
Putin asked. "No one has sent us a letter or a request". 'We will analyze it properly and we will send a formal response. Putin said the apparent effort by the West to isolate Russian Federation has "failed and was never bound to succeed".

The Kortezh was built by the Central Scientific Research Automobile and Automotive Engines Institute in Moscow, with an engine developed in collaboration with German automobile manufacturer Porsche.

In light of Mr. Trump's comments about the intelligence community, Mr. Brennan said "there very well might be" a shift in the covert community to "withhold vital intelligence" in order to protect that information.

Mr Trump said: "I have President Putin". He just said it's not Russian Federation. He further inflamed U.S. relations among North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies by meeting with Putin, who has been isolated by much of the West following his annexation of Crimea in 2014, and created a firestorm back in the United States when he said he didn't "see any reason why" Russian Federation would attack USA elections. "President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today". She calls the President's position "untenable".

The host also mocked Trump for blaming both the United States and Russian Federation for the break down in the relationship between the two countries.

The Russian foreign ministry "liked" his words and tweeted back: "We agree". "The United States must be focused on holding Russian Federation accountable and putting an end to its vile attacks on democracy". He also attacked his Democratic opponents and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and he said when asked about the election meddling that he held both countries accountable for their state of relations. "I think we have all been foolish".

"But, a lot of people are confused about the Russian Federation collusion thing". He also presented the president with a World Cup football, joking the "ball is in your court" over Syria. He said: "First of all Mr President I'd like to congratulate you on a really great World Cup".

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