The Russian leader confirmed worldwide suspicions and the assessments of the US intelligence community that he was rooting for Trump over Hillary Clinton during the 2016 USA presidential election.
In a lengthy statement posted on Twitter, Kerry blasted Trump's performance at a joint press conference with Putin in Helsinki on Monday, in which he decried the counterintelligence investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and cast doubt on whether Moscow interfered in the race at all. It's been over a year since US intelligence agencies proved that there was Russian interference in the election and that Russian operatives hacked and leaked emails from the Democratic party in 2016. Except for the allegations that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election, one of the topics which many Democrats and Republicans alike hoped Trump would push back on was Putin's actions in Ukraine. Trump's top national security officials, Democrats and most Republicans in Congress say US intelligence agencies got it right in finding that Russians secretly tried to sway the election.
"Missed opportunity by President Trump to firmly hold Russian Federation accountable for 2016 meddling and deliver a strong warning regarding future elections", he said. "I don't see any reason why it would be", he added.
"The United States has been foolish", Trump told reporters and statesmen when asked about Russian interference in the 2016 election.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi found herself wondering what the Russians have on Trump that is stopping him from publicly condemning their actions. Trump's statements were a stunning development, given that the top intelligence agencies in the United States including the FBI, CIA, and National Security Agency have all said they believe Russian Federation meddled in the election. I think that the probe is a disaster for our country. I think the US has been foolish.
- Trump and Putin agreed there was no collusion. The Russian leader said: "We paid special attention to the bona fide implementation of Minsk accords by Kyiv".
"Well, I - I don't know if I agree with that", Trump had responded.
But Putin said Monday that he favored Trump in the election. "The president should use this as an opportunity to tell the Russians that our North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance is strong as we work together against Russian attempts to undermine regional and global security and stability".
The reporter gave Trump the chance to share at least some of the blame with Moscow, asking, "Do you hold Russian Federation at all accountable for anything in particular?"
"To side with Putin over US intelligence is disgusting; to fail to defend the U.S.is on the verge of treason".
Johnson says the US needs "to approach Russian Federation from a position of real strength and resolve" and that the USA has a "bad relationship" with Russian Federation because of Putin's behavior, including the 2014 annexation of Crimea.
He was confident that the United States would not advocate Kiev's interests concerning the conflict in the country's east and economic issues, including gas transit and the use of the Ukrainian gas pipeline system after January 1, 2020.
"I beat Hillary Clinton easily and frankly we beat her. we won that race and it's a shame that there can be even a little bit of a cloud over it", he said. McCain called the press conference "one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory". The one-on-one meeting between Putin and Trump lasted more than two hours, later delegation members joined the presidents for a working lunch.