What Trump And Putin Agreed To In Helsinki

Aaron Brown
July 22, 2018

The arrest was announced Monday hours after Trump finished a summit and a press conference with Putin in Helsinki, Finland, where the U.S. leader rejected the USA intelligence community's verdict that the Russians interfered to support him over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 race.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters at the United Nations later that Trump and Putin discussed how to return refugees who fled the civil war in Syria, but offered no details and did not mention any Russian proposals.

Last week, a total of 12 members of the Russian intelligence service were indicted in the investigation into American election hacking for a "sustained effort" to access information.

And Sanders created a fresh headache for the administration when she said the White House was still reviewing a proposal from Putin to allow access by Russian law enforcement officials to Americans whom the Kremlin accuses of unspecified crimes in return for USA access to interrogations of Russian agents indicted for their alleged roles in interfering in the 2016 election.

President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin hold a joint press conference on July 16, 2018 in Helsinki, Finland.

Coats issued a statement seeking to control the damage from an interview he gave at the Aspen Institute security forum in Colorado on Thursday in which he expressed surprise when the news broke that Trump was planning another Putin summit.

He said it was "the president's prerogative" to keep his discussions with Putin to himself. I will say this: I don't see any reason why it would be. but I have confidence in both parties. And as the week came to a close, the man responsible for coordinating all USA intelligence agencies got some surprising news.

Reaction to his comments were swift and critical - even among his Republican Party. And he seethed at the lack of support he believed he received from congressional Republicans.

Antonov called Monday's summit in Helsinki a "key event" in worldwide politics and laughed off suggestions that the two men made any "secret deals".

The president said he'd meant to say he didn't see any reason why it "wouldn't" have been Russian Federation that interfered in the election. He added his administration will take "strong action" to secure the country's election process.

The president claimed he'd misspoke during his summit with Putin and agreed with the U.S. intelligence community that Russian Federation had interfered in the election, though he added it could be "other people also".

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Trump appeared to answer, "No". She said Trump was saying "no" to answering additional questions - although that didn't appear to be the case because he elaborated on Russian Federation.

Antonov said it's important to "deal with the results" of the leaders' first summit before jumping too fast into a new one.

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"Well I would, because he's in charge of the country".

"In a key sentence in my remarks I said the word "would" instead of 'wouldn't, '" Trump said.

But election meddling wasn't the only issue to come out of the summit.

Something we know was discussed was an offer from Putin to allow U.S. investigators question Russians in exchange for Moscow being allowed question United States citizens, including a former ambassador.

The report adds, "We further assess Putin and the Russian Government developed a clear preference for President-elect Trump". The State Department, however, later called it "absolutely absurd".

"(But) Russia was always open to such proposals.

Trump eventually rejected the idea, with Sanders saying Trump "disagrees with it".

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