'Putin's poodle': newspapers declare Trump a traitor after Helsinki summit

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Members of the Finns party’s youth arm held a “Welcome Trump” rally in the Finnish capital. Image Yle Zena Iovino

"The president must appreciate that Russian Federation is not our ally", said House Speaker Paul Ryan. She calls the President's position "untenable".

The US and Russian leaders came out of their meeting in Helsinki expressing a desire to cooperate on global challenges, after talks on an array of issues from Syria, Ukraine and China to trade tariffs and the size of their nuclear arsenals.

The Russian president also rejected allegations that Moscow has collected compromising material on Mr Trump or his family. Pingree says the President's comments undercut the intelligence agencies, which he says he supports.

Just three days ago, the U.S. Justice Department announced an indictment of 12 Russian spies for hacking into Democratic Party computer networks. "I mean, horribly, dangerously", Trump said.

The day of the Trump-Putin summit began slowly.

COSTER: What do you think of the fact that Trump took Putin's side against the USA intelligence community?

"I have great confidence in my intelligence people".

Many Putin actions we condemn were reactions to what we did.

"There is no moral equivalence between the United States and Russian Federation, which remains hostile to our most basic values and ideals", he said. -Russian relations will require at least some change in problematic Russian policies, such as aggression against Ukraine, interference in USA domestic politics and involvement in Syria.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., called it "one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory".

"But it is clear that the summit in Helsinki was a tragic mistake.No prior president has ever abased himself more abjectly before a tyrant".

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Liina Isto deputy chair of Finns Party Youth Wing. Image Yle Zena Iovino

Key members of the US Congress, including some Republicans, criticised Trump's performance at the press conference.

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has appealed to both Mr Trump and Mr Putin to eliminate the Iranian presence, which the Jewish state regards as an existential threat.

Coat's predecessor, James Clapper, called Trump's acquiescence to Putin "an incredible capitulation", while former Central Intelligence Agency chief John Brennan labelled it "nothing short of treasonous".

After a stormy North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels last week, Trump was accused by critics of prioritising his ties to Putin over the transatlantic alliance. Republican patriots: "Where are you?"

The president sees Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation, which Trump calls a "witch hunt", as a potential hurdle between the United States and Russian Federation. The positive feeling was echoed by Putin, who said that the meeting marked the first steps to restore "an acceptable level of trust" between both nations.

Speaking at the joint news conference, President Putin offered to allow USA investigators to visit Russian Federation to question the officers.

He says that while it is important to improve relations with Russian Federation on several issues, including Syria, the President must realize that Russian Federation did try to interfere in the elections, and that steps should be taken to block those attempts in the future.

The Russian leader said Russia and the USA should discuss a possible extension of the 2010 New START nuclear arms reduction treaty and the implementation of the 1987 Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty.

Given the American reaction from across the political spectrum, however, future meetings may be hard to pull off. Lemire asked Mr Trump.

European allies are uneasy.

Even if Trump were thinking only in terms of his own political survival - his usual mode - he would be tougher on Putin, because he must realise that kowtowing to the Russian only strengthens suspicions of collusion. "The flaw in that, which I think goes to the heart of this very issue, is that Vladimir Putin is not interested in a better working relationship with the United States because he views the world - he views geopolitics as a battle between the strong and weak".

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