The resigned expectation was that Trump would avoid the issue, even though it is a significant attack on American sovereignty.
Still, Canadian officials were hard at work trying to get a better sense of what was said during the two-hour, closed-door meeting between Putin and Trump - and what ramifications, if any, the discussion would have for Canada. He also said that there should be a lot more emphasis on these types of meetings instead of confrontations that do not benefit anyone.
"Have you forgotten about - well, has Kennedy been killed in Russian Federation or in the United States? To refuse to engage would not accomplish anything".
What did President Putin say? Putin stated: "As major nuclear powers, we bear special responsibility for maintaining global security".
He made it clear that, in return, Russian Federation would want similar access to people in the USA it suspects of criminal activity.
On Monday the U.S. and Russian presidents held almost two hours of one-on-one talks without their advisers in the Finnish capital Helsinki on Monday.
US President Donald Trump is continuing his predecessor Barack Obama's "disastrous" Syria policy, Israeli website Wallah reported. He openly offered readiness to analyze any findings together with Washington.
John Brennan, a former Central Intelligence Agency director, deemed Trump's performance at the summit so egregious as to support charges of impeachment, tweeting that it "rises to & exceeds the threshold of "high crimes & misdemeanors" - the constitutional justification for removal from office. He said, "If they had (evidence), it would have been out long ago". "But it is clear that the summit in Helsinki was a tragic mistake".
However, it remains unclear if Trump secured Putin's help to maintain global sanctions and pressure on the Kim Jong-un regime.
But other Republicans defended the USA president.
Senator John McCain called it, "one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory", while Senator Ben Sasse called it "bizarre". U.S. Rep. Keith Rothfus, R-Sewickley, said in a statement that the House Committee on Intelligence confirmed that Russian Federation meddled in the election.
House Speaker Paul Ryan weighed in to say there was "no question" Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 presidential election and "no moral equivalence" between the United States and Russian Federation.
"A moral equivalence between the United States and Russian Federation not only defies reason and history, it undermines our national integrity and impairs our global credibility".
Meanwhile, on CBS' "The Late Show", Stephen Colbert zeroed in on politicians who took to Twitter to critique the summit, calling them "The worst reviews I've seen since Titanic ... and I don't mean the movie".