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A wave of condemnation by US lawmakers from both Republican and Democratic parties followed President Donald Trump's failure at a Helsinki summit to warn Russian President Vladimir Putin about meddling in the 2016 USA election.

Russia's Defense Ministry says it's ready to boost cooperation with the U.S. military in Syria, following talks between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Republican Senator John McCain said Trump's seeming acceptance of Putin's denial was a historical "low point" for the US presidency and the Helsinki summit between the two leaders a "tragic mistake". Ryan says Russian Federation "remains hostile to our most basic values and ideals".

"A thing to remember is that Trump has an "economic" view of the world", he went on to say.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., called it "one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory". "But I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today". He also shared a photo of him and Putin with the quote, "I would rather take a political risk in pursuit of peace, than to risk peace in pursuit of politics".

Schwarzenegger hit out at Trump for using the news conference to sell out the American intelligence community, justice system and the country. "Sadly, it is not being reported that way - the Fake News is going insane!"

While Maas urged more diplomatic contacts between Moscow and Washington, US media as well as lawmakers and former politicians from all camps pulled no punches on Trump, claiming his position during a summit bordered on treason.

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Mr Sharif and his daughter touched down in Lahore on Friday evening accompanied by an entourage of aides and reporters. Imran Khan, chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf ( PTI ), speaks during a news conference in Islamabad on Monday.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., rejected the idea of "moral equivalence" between the USA and the Russian Federation.

It's a pretty scary day in America when your president won't stand up to the leader of a nation that has launched a prolonged cyber attack on your government.

"We do not know what it is, but we know it must be something extraordinary because no rational politician, no rational president would act this way if he weren't being blackmailed on some level".

Trump has come under fire for seemingly favouring Russian Federation, a U.S. adversary, over North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies.

"I still shake my head trying to understand what was discussed during the two-hour one-on-one, what was discussed between the two sides in their bilateral meeting", Brennan said.

The statement from Dan Coats, the Director of National Intelligence, did not directly reference Trump's comments at a news conference alongside Putin in Helsinki.


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