Putin: Trump was 'of no interest' to Russian Federation before 2016 election

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Browder worked with Congress to enact the Magnitsky Act, preventing foreigners who violate human rights from entering the U.S. The legislation is named after Browder's Russian accountant, Sergei Magnitsky, who died in a Russian prison after exposing a tax fraud scheme.

US President Donald Trump emerged from a meeting with Vladimir Putin on Monday saying he saw no reason to believe Russia had hacked the 2016 USA presidential election, and the Russian leader "was extremely strong and powerful" in denying it.

Cohen noted Russian Federation is largely Christian, is a "frontier country" and has many other similar attributes.

To outrage in Washington, president Donald Trump has lent weight to Russian denials of meddling in U.S. elections at his inaugural summit with Vladimir Putin, where the pair championed a fresh start in relations between the world's leading nuclear powers.

Putin, who was recently reelected to a third six-year term in what critics described as a "sham election", responded to Wallace by likening these suspicious deaths to the assassinations of United States presidents and civil rights leaders.

Was it US complicity in the Kiev coup that ousted the elected pro-Russian regime that caused Putin to seize Crimea to hold onto Russia's Black Sea naval base at Sevastopol? It has driven Russia's global influence efforts, such as on the airwaves of pro-Kremlin television network RT.

But the president denied his government sanctioned Skripal's poisoning and became combative, likening it to accusations of Russia's interference actions from the USA intelligence community.

Russian President Vladimir Putin landed in Helsinki nearly an hour late, tossed off his jacket while still on the tarmac and climbed into a new Russian-made limousine on its first foreign tour.

He added that it would be up to British Prime Minister Theresa May, since he was now a British citizen.

Trump made no mention of Putin's invasion, annexation and occupation of the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea; of Moscow's efforts to meddle in recent elections in Britain, France and Germany; nor of warnings from his own director of national intelligence that Russian Federation is preparing to interfere in the 2018 USA midterm elections. As for those interference accusations, Putin said, "This is utterly delusional". "But I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today", Trump said.

"Our relationship with Russian Federation has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of U.S. foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!" he said on Twitter.

"I need to ask you, domestically - not internationally, domestically, inside Russian Federation - why is it that so numerous people that oppose Vladimir Putin end up dead or close to it?", Fox News Channel anchor Chris Wallace asked.

Putin said he'd expect the U.S. to return the favor and cooperate in a Russian probe against Browder over alleged financial crimes. And it will likely embolden Putin, who faced no pushback from Trump over the election allegations or a long list of other Kremlin actions, ranging from Syria to Ukraine.

Putin suggested that "rivals" were not unique to him.

Hermitage Capital CEO Bill Browder fired back at Russian President Vladimir Putin, who claimed the financier's associates dodged tax payments.

The concerns of Trump's ruling class antagonists are threefold. He told CBS News that he didn't "expect anything" from Mr Putin, while his national security adviser said the United States wasn't looking for any "concrete deliverables".

Finland, where Trump and Putin met today, is ranked fourth on the index.

We are past the point when Trump's conduct - which leaves future elections wide open to Russian manipulation - can be ascribed to his unwillingness to do anything that will tarnish his glorious victory.

Putin can use the boost. He just said it's not Russian Federation. The president has seen his domestic approval rating slide to 49 per cent this month from close to 70 per cent earlier this year, according to the FOM polling institute, showing that the wave of patriotism that boosted Putin in the wake of the Crimea annexation in 2014 may not be enough to secure his popularity.

"He offered to have the people working on the case come and work with their investigators with respect to the 12 people, " Trump told reporters during a news conference in Helsinki following his joint summit with Putin.

Cohen said it's been common since World War II for the US president to meet with the leader of the Kremlin, "in order to avoid war between the two superpowers". It does not appear that Trump gave Putin a reason to change any of those policies, so Russian misbehavior will likely continue.

But Trump did not see that motive in play.

What is less established is the extent to which the Russian government, not just Russian citizens with varying ties to Moscow, became involved in this effort. Americans are waiting and hoping for President Trump to embrace that sacred responsibility.

But at the news conference, Trump made no mention of the Novichok incident. Economic sanctions are continuing to pinch Russia's stagnant economy. Maria Butina, who purported to be a gun rights' activist, was charged with infiltrating the National Rifle Association (NRA) as part of efforts to influence the Republican party and United States politics.

Chuck Hagel, a former senator and defense secretary, said that Trump "failed America" in the press conference.

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