Published: Thu, July 19, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Trudeau walks fine line with condemnation of Putin, silence on Trump

Trudeau walks fine line with condemnation of Putin, silence on Trump

Terming the press conference of US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Helsinki "embarrassing", "Terminator" star Arnold Schwarzenegger has said that the former acted like a "fanboy" of the Russian leader.

U.S. Senate Democratic leader Charles Schumer speaks to the news media about President Donald Trump's summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, U.S., July 16, 2018.

Earlier on Monday, Trump endorsed Putin's stance on Russia's non-involvement in the 2016 United States presidential election, insisting that he ran a clean campaign.

"Russia is a menacing government that does not share our interests and it does not share our values", he said.

"Well you know, Willie the thing is", he said.

But at the other end of the Twitter scale was former CIA Director John Brennan, calling it "nothing short of treasonous".

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., called it "one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory". I can't even imagine what he said behind closed doors.

However, Moscow claimed that there was no evidence to indicate that the 12 had links to the Russian military intelligence.

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Coats said that the role of the intelligence community is "to provide the best information and fact-based assessments possible for the president and policymakers".

"Do you really believe that someone acting from the Russian territory could have influenced the United States and influenced millions of Americans?"

Asked specifically about Trump's comments during Monday's joint news conference with Putin, Trudeau replied: "We condemn Russian Federation and the way that Russian Federation engages in worldwide affairs".

After all, that was the ultimate goal of Russia's election meddling, US officials have assessed.

USA intelligence agencies concluded in 2016 that Russian Federation was behind an effort to tip the scale of the U.S. election against Hillary Clinton, with a state-authorised campaign of cyber attacks and fake news stories planted on social media.

The Arizona Republican says Trump proved not only unable, "but unwilling to stand up to Putin".

"Not only were Trump's comments imbecilic, he is wholly in the pocket of Putin". Greater also than the need to support North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and its mission to hold Putin accountable.

Following the press conference, Netanyahu released a statement thanking the two leaders for their commitment to Israel's security and stating that he "very much appreciates the security coordination between Israel and Russian Federation and the clear position expressed by President Putin regarding the need to uphold the 1974 Separation of Forces Agreement between Israel and Syria".

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