Late-Night Hosts Skewer Trump's Putin Relations, Denial of Russian Election Meddling

Late-Night Hosts Skewer Trump's Putin Relations, Denial of Russian Election Meddling

Trump spent time with Putin at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Vietnam last week, which led him to suggest he believes Putin instead of USA intelligence agencies on the issue of Kremlin election interference - though he would later backtrack on that suggestion.

On Sunday, Trump said he was surprised by the criticism and tried to clarify his remarks on Putin, when questioned by reporters during a press conference in Hanoi. The notorious 45th US President confined himself to a formal handshake with Putin at the photoshoot ceremony, but was evasive and quickly retired.

"As now led, by fine people, I believe very much in our intelligence agencies", Trump said.

"But if they meddled in the election, then he is not necessarily the president of the United States, because it's tainted".

Brennan said Trump's refusal to acknowledge Russia's meddling in the elections demonstrates that he can be manipulated by foreign leaders who "appeal to his ego and try to play upon his insecurities".

Russian Federation has cast a huge shadow over Trump's presidency.

TRUMP: He just - every time he sees me, he says, "I didn't do that". "He said he didn't meddle".

But Putin said he did not do what they said he did.

Many criticized the mainstream media for not reporting on the positive response Trump got in the country.

After a brief unscheduled meeting between President Trump and President Putin, the United States and Russian Federation released a joint statement on Syria.

So, Donald Trump yet again said something mind-blowingly insane this week. I think he's very insulted by it, if you want to know the truth.

USA journalists believe that President Trump will continue avoiding full-fledged meetings with Putin while Robert Muller continues investigating so-called "secret ties" of Trump's election headquarters with the Russian administration during the presidential race in 2016. Trump, in contrast, said he believes Putin and that it is time for us to go forward. 'I believe he believes what he believes and he believes that I believe what I believe even though he believes what I don't believe.

To the editor: I thought I had heard everything until I read that our president believed Putin over his own intelligence agencies. Donald spoke with his chief governess and reported back to the children: "She is very, very strong in the fact that she didn't put gifts under the tree". "They (Russia) have been at this a hell of a long time".

The North Korean crisis was also top of the agenda with comments made by Kim Jong-un to Donald Trump still apparently hurting the President's feelings. And in the end, even if Russian Federation did meddle in our elections, maybe we ought not punish them for having done so since they've been heavily sanctioned in a way that prevents a friendly posture. John McCain, chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, who felt obligated to issue a statement over the weekend reminding everyone that "Vladimir Putin does not have America's interests at heart".

Even if Trump does believe Putin's risible claim, though, only a naïf would also consider Putin a partner for peace. "The President is not the chairman of the board of elections in this country", Kellyanne Conway remarked to Martha Raddatz on ABC News' This Week.

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