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And joke about it these men did, in segments ranging from a few minutes long to several minutes long, with varying degrees of political insight and legitimately amusing comedy.

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky says it's important for the U.S.to keep an open dialogue with its adversaries, especially if it hopes to motivate them to change their behavior. Like, you have the option to explore our opinions, if you so desire.

As we reported, the country was aghast when POTUS, standing alongside Putin in front of cameras, again denied claims of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and questioned the conclusions of his own USA intelligence agencies.

"I don't see any reason why it would be", Trump said.

He said Russian actions had no impact on the outcome of the vote and the administration would work aggressively to protect the November 2018 congressional elections.

Mr Trump said: "I realise there's a need for some clarification", adding that what he meant "should have been obvious - I thought it would be obvious but would like to clarify in case it wasn't".

"President Trump ultimately validated Putin at the expense of American intelligence by giving credence to Putin's claim", she tweeted.

Despite Trump's assertion that Putin has offered a hand, Mueller's office has suggested that the Kremlin has been less than forthcoming in another criminal case brought against Russian Federation.

Trump has denied collusion and casts Mueller's probe as a witchhunt that detracts from his election victory.

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Speaking about Mr Trump's mistake, Sky's USA correspondent Hannah Thomas-Peter said: "If we are to believe that (it was a simple mistake), that's not good, because the leader of the free world should be able to nail those important ideas, express himself clearly under pressure when standing next to the leader of an adversarial nation".

"Both Russia and the United States are permanent members of the UN Security Council and major countries with important global influence, and they shoulder important responsibilities for worldwide peace and security", Hua said.

At a news conference afterwards, Mr Trump was asked if he believed his own intelligence agencies or the Russian president when it came to allegations of meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

That's sparked controversy around the world, including in Trump's own Republican Party.

The Arizona Republican says the summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki was "a tragic mistake".

The Wisconsin Republican says the American intelligence community and the House Intelligence Committee agree that Russian Federation interfered in the election.

The US president was also asked whether he held Russian Federation accountable on any particular issue. US intelligence agencies have concluded Russian Federation did interfere, but the Kremlin has denied state involvement. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., called it "bizarre" and "flat-out wrong" for Trump to suggest that both countries are to blame for their deteriorated relationship.

Some lawmakers had also called on Trump to reiterate the US position opposing Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea.

"Donald Trump's press conference performance in Helsinki rises to & exceeds the threshold of 'high crimes & misdemeanors, ' " Brennan tweeted.