GOP leaders still have questions about Trump's meeting with Putin

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US intelligence agencies concluded a year ago that the Russian government interfered in the 2016 election campaign and sought to tilt the vote in Trump's favor, which Moscow has denied.

Democrats, as a whole, are strongly condemning the president for his initial comments, in which he indicated that he did not believe the findings of US intelligence agencies. "I always have", Trump said, re-writing history. Putin, as always, denied all.

Some lawmakers said they would seek remedies against Russian Federation in Congress. "It's 24 hours late and in the wrong place", he said.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel added his voice Tuesday to the chorus assessing President Donald Trump's performance at a summit and news conference this week with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Trump's meeting with Putin in Helsinki was his first time sharing the global stage with a man he has described as an important US competitor - but whom he has also praised a strong, effective leader.

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"In the meantime, Russians need to know there are a lot of us who fully understand what happened in 2016, and it really better not happen again in 2018", McConnell warned Trump as well as Russia.

Senate Democrats said they wanted the American interpreter at the Helsinki meeting to testify to Congress on what was said during the private Trump-Putin session.

"I saw two leaders today who can agree with each other", Konstantin Kosachev, head of the foreign affairs committee of Russia's upper house of parliament, said on Rossiya-1. John Cornyn of Texas, said sanctions may be preferable to a nonbinding resolution that amounts to "just some messaging exercise".

"I think that Russian Federation is his friend and [he] only cares about collusion because he's so uncertain about his own victory", she added. "Vladimir Putin does not share our values", said Ryan. "They're all trying to figure out what their next steps are", she added.

Their opening one-on-one session had been scheduled to run 90 minutes.

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"The European countries are our friends, and the Russians are not", McConnell said. The White House wouldn't immediately confirm the timing.

The 29-page indictment against the 12 Russian intelligence officers was announced on Friday - just days before Trump's meeting with Putin. They met on the sidelines of world leader meetings in Germany and Vietnam past year.

He also said he accepts the conclusion by United States intelligence officials that Moscow interfered in the election, which saw Trump defeat Democrat rival Hillary Clinton. That was the part he corrected on Tuesday. Trump leaned forward in his chair, his hands tented in front of him and frequently glanced over at the Russian president. At one point, he shot Putin a wink.

The animated video depicts Trump and Putin falling in love.

With the Kremlin's low expectations of the summit amid tensions between the two nations, it appears the outcomes of the meeting have been satisfactory for Mr Putin.

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They continued the discussion with an expanded group of aides and over lunch in a room called the Hall of Mirrors, which was once the emperor's throne room.

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