>> 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?
>> 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.
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.
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.
>> 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?
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.
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.
>> And now the ball is in your court.>>