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U.S. President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Monday voiced their satisfaction with their first one-on-one meeting here, though acknowledged problems remain.

"Once again, President Trump mentioned the issue of the so-called interference of Russia with the American elections, and I had to reiterate things I said several times, including during our personal contacts, that the Russian state has never interfered and is not going to interfere into internal American affairs, including election process", Putin said via a translator during a joint press conference following the meeting.

Russia has agreed with the U.S.to secure Syria's border with Israel in line with a 1974 cease-fire agreement over the occupied Golan Heights, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.

But perhaps the harshest critique came from a member of Trump's own party, Republican Senator John McCain, who said in a statement: "Today's press conference in Helsinki was one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory".

The Washington Post's headline is: "Trump touts Putin's "powerful" denial".

"I don't see any reason why it would be" Russia, Trump says, affirming he believes Putin's denials.

Toomey said in the statement that if Putin objects to the indicted hackers being brought to justice, the United States should impose new sanctions on Russian Federation.

"My first reaction was, wow, I've really gotten underneath Vladimir Putin's skin", Browder said during an interview on FOX Business' "Making Money with Charles Payne" on Monday.

Some US politicians had called for the summit to be cancelled after 12 Russian military intelligence agents were indicted last week by US special counsel Robert Mueller, accused of hacking the presidential campaign of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

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The U.S. government also sought Russian government help through a mutual legal assistance treaty, but according to a court filing this month, "no further steps have been taken within Russia to effectuate service".

During a discussion on "Pulling at the Strings: The Kremlin's Interference in Elections" at the Atlantic Council, Rubio said that "what the president said today is not accurate". Trump's United States opponents tried, in turn, to gain traction for the sarcastic hashtag lampooning his reluctance to criticise the Kremlin: #BAF (Blame America First).

He blamed part of the bad relationships not on Putin's invasion of Crimea, his interference in Ukraine, his downing of a civilian Malaysian airliner over Ukraine, his multiple poisoning attacks in the United Kingdom, his gross human rights record, or his abuses of the press and crackdowns on political dissident...but on the Mueller investigation.

"It is the most serious mistake of his presidency and must be corrected--immediately", Gingrich tweeted. The US president said that the bilateral meetings had gotten off to a "very good start", after both leaders met for more than two hours behind closed doors, with only translators present. Trump also said the Federal Bureau of Investigation needed to find Hillary Clinton's emails.

Given an opportunity on the world stage, Trump backed away. Dealing with two nuclear nations.

Although he faced pressure from critics, allied countries and even his own staff to take a tough line, Trump spoke not a single disparaging word in public about Moscow on any of the issues that have brought relations between the two powers to the lowest ebb since the Cold War.

In an interview with Russian TV outlet Channel 1, Putin offered compliments of Trump following their summit, saying he was an "interesting conversation partner". The president, at least in public, failed to criticize Russian aggression against Ukraine and did not put down a marker that Russian meddling in USA politics is unacceptable and, if continued, would result in US retaliation.

The UK's Daily Mirror newspaper slammed Trump as being "Putin's Poodle" and Germany's Handelsblatt outlet called the meeting a "summit of the autocrats". John Cornyn, had warned the president to be wary of Putin. I think that the United States has been foolish. Watch Trump's non-answer below, via CNN.

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