Arizona reacts to President Trump and Putin's summit

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At a press conference following a summit between the two leaders in Helsinki, Trump "handed Russian President Vladimir Putin an unalloyed diplomatic triumph", by refusing to support the collective conclusion of the U.S. intelligence agencies on the issue, the Washington Post says.

But even as Trump said he accepted US intelligence agencies' conclusions that Russian Federation was behind the election hacking, he added, as he has before: "It could be other people also".

"For the president of the United States to side with President Putin against American law enforcement, American defence officials, and American intelligence agencies is thoughtless, dangerous, and weak", Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer said.

US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin started their first bilateral meeting here on Monday and they are expected to discuss a wide range of issues.

Lasha Tchantouridze is a professor of diplomacy and worldwide relations at Norwich University, who specializes in Russian Federation and the U.S. He says this meeting between the two leaders could be the start of something different. President George W. Bush said after he met with Putin, "I looked the man in the eye". "He just said it's not Russian Federation".

"I've said this many times", Trump said, reading from a written statement. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) defended Trump, stressing that the intelligence community "has way too much power".

"If [Trump] can't say directly to President Putin that he is wrong and we are right and our intelligence agencies are right, it's ineffective and worse, another sign of weakness", he tweeted.

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"When America is the leader of the free world, that means our president has to stand up not just for American democracy but democracies across the world", she said.

"When he had the opportunity to defend our intelligence agencies who work for him, I was very disappointed and saddened with the equivalency that he gave between them and what Putin was saying".

Trump came under great pressure to raise the alleged meddling with Putin, who has on numerous occasions denied any wrongdoing. "I think that's an incredible offer, OK?"

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Last week, the US Department of Justice indicted 12 Russians for hacking Democratic Party computers.

Beyond reaffirming support for United States intelligence agencies, Flake said the resolution would call for "some kind of hearing or briefing by those involved" in the private Trump-Putin meeting in Helsinki, "to try to find out what happened in that private meeting".

"Hold on. What's disappointing is you are excusing what the president said as if he were baited".

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