Shock, alarm as Trump backs Putin on election meddling at summit

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HELSINKI (Reuters) – Standing side by side with Vladimir Putin, U.S. President Donald Trump refused on Monday to blame the Russian leader for meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, casting doubt on the findings of his own intelligence agencies and sparking a storm of criticism at home. On a day when he faced pressure from
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After pummeling allies, Trump ends wild Europe trip with Putin embrace

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HELSINKI (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump’s week-long adventure on the world stage in Europe came to a raucous conclusion in Helsinki on Monday, with American allies fuming and confused and Russian President Vladimir Putin literally smiling at his good fortune. U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin react at the end of
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Trump, after Helsinki summit, says he has confidence in U.S. intelligence

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump, facing a barrage of criticism for his comments during a news conference in Helsinki with Russian President Vladimir Putin, insisted in a post on Twitter on Monday that he has “GREAT confidence in MY intelligence people.” U.S. President Donald Trump waves after a joint news conference with Russian
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Top Senate Democrat urges sanctions, hearings after Trump-Putin summit

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer called for a bipartisan effort to “ratchet up” sanctions on Moscow following U.S. President Donald Trump’s summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki earlier on Monday. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) speaks after the Democratic weekly policy lunch on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S.,
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Republican Senator Corker: Trump comments on Putin make U.S. look like ‘pushover’

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Republican head of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Bob Corker said President Donald Trump’s comments at a joint news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday made the United States look like a “pushover.” U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) speaks at the Milken Institute’s 21st Global Conference in Beverly
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Shock as Trump backs Putin on election meddling at summit

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HELSINKI (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said after meeting Vladimir Putin on Monday he saw no reason to believe his own intelligence agencies rather than trust the Kremlin leader on the question of whether Russia interfered to help him win the 2016 election. On a day when he faced pressure from critics, allied countries
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Comments by former clerks may backfire on Trump’s high court pick

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – When it became clear that President Donald Trump was seriously considering nominating Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, the conservative judge’s former law clerks swung into action as among his most energetic public cheerleaders. FILE PHOTO: With the U.S. Supreme Court building in the background, Supreme Court nominee judge Brett Kavanaugh
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Trump meets Putin after denouncing ‘stupidity’ of U.S. policy on Russia

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HELSINKI (Reuters) – Donald Trump met one-on-one with Vladimir Putin behind closed doors on Monday in a long-awaited summit overshadowed by the U.S. president blaming his own country’s past “foolishness and stupidity” for the two powers’ hostile ties. Just days after a special prosecutor indicted 12 Russian agents for stealing documents from the Democratic Party
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