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>> Meeting with President Putin in Helsinki, President Trump on Monday was asked point-blank to pick sides, his own intelligence agencies or Russia.>> President Putin denied having anything to do with the election interference in 2016. Every US intelligence agency has concluded that Russia did, who do you believe?
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>> His response, attack the FBI, Hillary Clinton, take Putin at his word, and push discredited conspiracy theories.>> You have groups that are wondering why the FBI never took the server, what happened to Hillary Clinton's emails? With that being said, all I can do is ask the question.
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My people came to me, Dan Coats came to me and some others, they said they think it's Russia. I have President Putin, he just said it's not Russia. I will say this, I don't see any reason why it would be.>> One reason he might think it would be, on Friday a US federal grand jury indited 12 Russian military officers, releasing specific details on the Russians allegedly behind the hack into Democrats during the 2016 race and how they did it.
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But instead of challenging the Russian President to his face, Trump took him at his word. So I have great confidence in my intelligence people, but I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today.>> While he defended Putin, Trump again took issue with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian interferance.
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>> The probe is a disaster for our country, there was no collusion at all.>> Reuters correspondents Andrew Osborn is in Helsinki and says the summit was a success for Vladimir Putin.>> For him, quite frankly, this was a win before he even came here, before he even sat down, why?
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Because, in Russian eyes, this is really being seen as an overdue American recognition that A, Russia is a great power, B, Russia cannot be isolated, it cannot be ignored, and its interests have to be taken into account.>> The press conference followed a one-on-one meeting between Trump and Putin that lasted over two hours.
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Monday's summit, the first between the two leaders, follows Trump's combative European tour, where he railed against NATO, called the EU a foe, and insulted Prime Minister Theresa May in a British tabloid. But Monday's meeting was perhaps the most genial. During the press conference, Putin, fresh off hosting the World Cup, presented Trump a soccer ball to commemorate their new friendship.
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>> And now the ball is in your court.>>
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