Putin leaves World Cup ball in Trump's half

The sight of US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin not attacking each other at the press conference following their summit in Helsinki sent mainstream US media into a spiral of rage.

"Please get this rubbish out of your heads", Putin added.

The two leaders met in the Finnish capital Helsinki on Monday to talk about "everything from trade to military to missiles to China".

Gowdy said he was "confident" Trump's appointees, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, "will be able to communicate to the president it is possible to conclude Russian Federation interfered with our election in 2016 without delegitimizing his electoral success".

"On the world stage, in front of the entire globe, the president of the United States essentially capitulated and seems intimidated by Vladimir Putin", Clapper told CNN. "I don't see any reason why it should be".

In all, Trump's remarks amounted to an unprecedented embrace of a man who for years has been isolated by the US and Western allies for actions in Ukraine, Syria and beyond. Russian Federation has never been a friend to the USA, and they continue to pose a threat to America and our allies.

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

"Russia has conducted a coordinated cyberattack on state election systems, and hacked critical infrastructure", he said. "I think the members of Congress certainly need to look into the details of that, but that's not something I have any privvied information about".

Trump couldn't let the press conference end without taking one last shot at the Justice Department's investigation into Russian election meddling. After Trump concluded his remarks, American reporters shouted several questions about whether he would bring up election meddling during his discussions with Putin. Instead, Trump "took the word" of the Russian intelligence community over that of his own, he added.

Trump and Putin "essentially parroted each other's talking points", said former Central Intelligence Agency officer Ned Price, who dubbed as "delusional" those Republicans who thought Trump would raise the issue of elections-meddling, even though "we know in minute detail" the names and methods of the conspirators that "attacked our democracy in 2016".

Last week, USA authorities indicted 12 Russian military intelligence officers for alleged interference in the 2016 presidential vote. "President Trump needs to stop treating Putin like a friend and start holding him accountable". "We must make clear that the United States will not tolerate hostile Russian activities".

Sen. John McCain, the 2008 GOP presidential nominee and Trump foil, called it "one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory". "Yes, I wanted him to win because he spoke of normalisation of Russian-US ties", he said at the news conference, acknowledging a preference that is widely suspected in Washington.

Johnson says the USA needs "to approach Russian Federation from a position of real strength and resolve" and that the US has a "bad relationship" with Russian Federation because of Putin's behavior, including the 2014 annexation of Crimea. Today, Trump learned that no matter what political party, USA citizens prefer that their president side with the US instead of with a dictator. We have another point of view... that a referendum was held in accordance with worldwide law.

One of the big questions pre-summit was whether Trump would call for the extradition to the U.S. of the 12 Russian spies indicted by Mueller.

Putin said the two countries would need to work together to cope with challenges such as terrorism, worldwide crime, the economy and the environment, while pointing to counterterrorism and cybersecurity as areas in which they are already doing so. "We've all been foolish", he said, before veering into discussion about his election victory.

He added that the U.S. wanted to increase humanitarian aid to the Syrian people.