PolitiFact: Fact-checking the Donald Trump-Vladimir Putin summit

Posted July 19, 2018

Russia's President Vladimir Putin tried to lighten the mood at a post-summit news conference with American leader Donald Trump on Monday by tossing him a World Cup football.

"What, if anything, will Congress do in response to this bad trip?" "If you're wondering whether or not Vladimir Putin has an incriminating video of Donald Trump, we now know beyond a treasonable doubt that he does".

"To me, it's the only question that interests the American press", reporter Yegor Kolyvanov said on NTV, a Kremlin-controlled national TV channel. "It's time for the Republican Party to walk the walk".

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) blasted President Donald Trump for his comments praising Russian President Vladimir Putin during a press conference Monday.

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At a joint news conference, Trump appeared to take the Russian leader's word over that of U.S. intelligence that Moscow did not interfere in the 2016 USA presidential election - drawing widespread criticism at home.

Schumer added that his rhetoric was "thoughtless", "dangerous" and "weak".

"He took the word of the KGB over the men and women of the Central Intelligence Agency".

The Republican senator from Arizona also called the press conference in Helsinki a "recent low point" in the history of the presidency and called the summit "a tragic mistake". Senior Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said Trump´s answer on meddling "will be seen by Russian Federation as a sign of weakness".

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Trump on Monday shied away from criticising the Russian leader for Moscow's actions to undermine the election and cast doubt on United States intelligence agencies, prompting calls by some politicians for tougher sanctions and other actions to punish Russia. Ryan says Russian Federation "remains hostile to our most basic values and ideals".

Gladysh says he wasn't surprised Trump didn't use the summit to call out Putin for meddling with the U.S elections.

Gladysh says that doesn't change overnight and neither does a better relationship between the two countries, but like any relationship, he says, it all starts with a conversation. "I don't see any reason why it would be".

While it's good to keep lines of communications open, the United States must remain vigilant against Russian activities, she said. The American president called the federal investigation "a disaster" for the USA while Putin demanded evidence of something he said had never been proved.

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