Putin asks Trump to go after British activist

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When asked if his government had any compromising material on Trump, the Russian president said that it was "hard to imagine greater nonsense".

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. He also attacked his Democratic opponents and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and he said when asked about the election meddling that he held both countries accountable for their state of relations.

Trump reiterated his position that the probe into whether his presidential campaign colluded with the alleged Russian interference was politically motivated and represented a "disaster for our country". He just said it's not Russian Federation.

"Well, I guess that settles it", Kimmel said, joking. Putin did not hesitate, when asked directly, to acknowledge he was hoping that Trump would be elected.

When asked directly on Monday if he held Russian Federation "accountable for anything", Trump said he held "both countries responsible".

Amid a flood of criticism from members of both parties over his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump declined to reverse course Tuesday by instead highlighting the meeting as more productive than his gathering with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies days before.

"Diplomacy and engagement are better than hostility", Trump said.

"I believe that whatever Mr. Trump said in that meeting is now memorialized on Russian tape and will be utilized by Putin against Trump", the former Central Intelligence Agency director said. "But the president did not want to address that in front of Vladimir Putin which is a head scratcher".

US President Donald Trump (left) receives a soccer ball of the 2018 FIFA World Cup from Russian President Vladimir Putin during a joint press conference in the Hall of State at Presidential Palace following their summit talks, in Helsinki, Finland, on 16 July 2018.

'They think it's Russian Federation, ' he said.

On US-Russia cooperation in Syria, Trump stressed that both countries had the potential to "save hundreds of thousands of lives" by working together.

During the news brief, which came after the leaders met privately for over two hours, Trump seemed to accept Putin's denial of interfering in the 2016 presidential election - despite findings to the contrary by US intelligence agencies.

Former CIA Director John Brennan, who served under President Barack Obama, called Trump's words "nothing short of treasonous".

The Trump-Putin summit, said Colbert, "was so weird, so disturbing it's really upset people across the partisan divide in ways I have not seen in years".

He noted Putin's offer for US officials to work with Russian investigators to question those whom special counsel Robert Mueller indicted.

"The President must appreciate that Russian Federation is not our ally", Mr Ryan said in a statement. There is no moral equivalence between the United States and Russian Federation, which remains hostile to our most basic values and ideals. She calls the President's position "untenable".