"Russia has done nothing to deserve us meeting them in this way", said Nina Jankowicz, a global fellow at the Wilson Center's Kennan Institute who specializes in Russia, Ukraine and disinformation.
The president concludes his United Kingdom visit on Sunday, before travelling to Helsinki for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin. "They had bad defenses and they were able to be hacked". It doesn't mean anything. "It means that they are competitive", he told CBS on Saturday. "In Russia, we are always glad to see our friends, both old and new, now that we have so many more of them", Putin said.
The Trump administration has imposed tariffs on imports from European Union countries, China, and even Canada and Mexico, prompting retaliatory measures by those nations.
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. "But, in a trade sense, they've really taken advantage of us and many of those countries are in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and they weren't paying their bills". Tusk tweeted Monday morning his concerns that Trump will further rock the world order today at his meeting with Putin.
The pair had held lengthy talks before - on the sidelines of world leader meetings in Germany and Vietnam previous year - but this was their first official summit and was being watched closely, especially following the announcement Friday of new indictments against 12 Russian intelligence officers accused of hacking Democratic emails to help Trump's campaign.
The Trump-Putin statesman show soon turns knockabout
Here are some key comments from the joint press conference held after their meeting in Finland's capital Helsinki . In Finland's capital the US President said there's no reason for Russian Federation to meddle in the vote.
While Putin acknowledged Monday that he wanted Trump to win in 2016, Trump insists he hasn't done Moscow's bidding as president.
The Russian Foreign Ministry rejected last week's indictment as part of a "shameful comedy" they claim has been staged to prevent the normalization of Russia-U.S. ties. "We have been far tougher on Russian Federation than anybody". Russian Federation was suspended from the group in 2014 in response to its illegal annexation of Crimea.
The two men discussed "the range of issues", Trump said, "starting with the civil war in Syria and the need for humanitarian aid and help for people in Syria".
Aides had warned before the meeting that it might not produce big "deliverables". Makes the US "look like a pushover", said GOP Sen. "The fact that we're having a summit at this level, at this time in history, is a deliverable in itself", he said.
"No negotiation is worth throwing your own people and country under the bus", she tweeted.