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Andrew Harnik | AP  President Donald Trump walks towards the West Wing of the White House in Washington Wednesday

The fresh indictments had prompted a number of USA senators, all but one of them Democrats, to request Trump cancel his summit with Putin.

However, the prime minister said he found the evidence for Russian interference in the USA elections "very compelling".

"There is general agreement in our intelligence community, really on both sides of the aisle, that there was major Russian interference with our elections, and he kind of shrugs it like well, Putin doesn't think that really happens", says Pingree. Putin called the allegations "sheer nonsense".

Republican Senator John McCain said Mr Trump's seeming acceptance of Mr Putin's denial was a historical "low point" for the United States presidency and the Helsinki summit between the two leaders a "tragic mistake".

"If you listen to that you would have thought President Putin was a perfectly legitimate, credible voice of reason, and he's anything but that", said Metropolitan State University of Denver professor of political science Norman Provizer.

Putin said Mueller could send questions for the 12 indicted Russian military intelligence officers and potentially attend interviews if the USA would be willing to reciprocate with those in the US whom the Russians believe have committed crimes in Russia. John Hoeven, R-N.D., issued a statement that did not name the president but acknowledged Russian interference, calling it "not acceptable". "There is no credibility to Putin's denials especially in light of the public evidence and our own US intelligence reports", Faso said. "However, I also recognize that in order to build a brighter future, we can not exclusively focus on the past - as the world's two largest nuclear powers, we must get along!" "Russian's meddling in the 2016 election is fact and the recent indictment from Director Mueller and the evidence it outlines proves that".

U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson shared Ryan's opinion about Russian meddling, telling reporters that Putin's assessment was "completely wrong".

Many Russian-Americans say it's important for global peace for the two countries' relationship to improve.

The Russian leader again denied any interference in the 2016 United States election but admitted he wanted Mr Trump to win the vote. "President Trump needs to stop treating Putin like a friend and start holding him accountable". I felt this was a message best delivered in person.

It's become painfully hard to track exactly where we're at with the investigation into possible interference in the 2016 USA election by Russian Federation, given that something insane seems to happen every single day. Trump made it depressingly clear on Monday that he is incapable of providing it.

Former Vice President Joe Biden, a Democrat, weighed in after the summit.

"At 90 percent of the nuclear power in the world between these two nations, and we've had a phony witch hunt deal it drive us apart".

"I have confidence in both parties", Trump said during the press conference, a response that prompted a rebuke from both sides of the aisle. I have President Putin.

I am confident former CIA Director and current Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, DNI Dan Coats, Ambassador Nikki Haley, FBI Director Chris Wray, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and others will be able to communicate to the President it is possible to conclude Russian Federation interfered with our election in 2016 without delegitimizing his electoral success.

Mr Trump also appeared to embrace Mr Putin's offer to have Russian investigators work together with USA prosecutors on the case of the 12 just indicted.

"Why wouldn't Robert Mueller send us an official request [regarding the indictments]?" he asked.

He noted that Russia would expect the USA to return the favor and cooperate in the Russian probe against Bill Browder, a British investor charged with financial crimes in Russia. Browder was a driving force behind a USA law targeting Russian officials over human rights abuses.

"Our expectations are grounded in realism, but our hopes are grounded in America's desire for friendship, cooperation and peace", Trump said.

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, a Republican and a Trump appointee, responded to Trump's remarks and stood by the U.S. agencies.

In the 32-minute interview with Fox, Putin said Russian Federation had no interest in Mr. Trump before he launched his bid for the presidency.

Next up was a joint press conference. John McCain, who charged that "no prior president has ever abased himself more abjectly before a tyrant".

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