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AFP | US President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin shake hands at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki

On the issue that has dominated U.S. coverage of the summit, Trump said he saw no reason to believe his own intelligence agencies rather than trust the Kremlin leader on the question of whether Russsia interfered to help him win the 2016 election. The summit came just days after 12 Russian military intelligence officers were indicted for hacking into the Democratic National Committee and Democrat Hillary Clinton's campaign during the 2016 presidential race.

Mr Trump and Mr Putin subsequently appeared in a joint news conference in which they dismissed claims Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 U.S. election.

On Friday, the Justice Department laid out details of what it said was a far-reaching hacking scheme in an indictment of 12 Russian agents whom it accused of trying to disrupt the USA election.

During the conference, Putin reiterated his denial of alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 USA presidential elections.

"I think we will end up having an extraordinary relationship", Trump said, sitting next to Putin at the presidential palace in Helsinki.

US President Donald Trump met one-on-one with Russian President Vladimir Putin behind closed doors today.

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During their joint news conference, Mr Putin insisted the Russian state had never interfered and would never interfere in the American electoral process, dismissing the claims as "nonsense".

Sen. 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.

Two former USA intelligence chiefs expressed shock over Trump's appearance of "capitulating" to Putin.

Instead, it sent around word of Trump's interview remarks after Sen.

Just before going behind closed doors though, Trump, who had not been clear about his plans for the conversation, described a long list of topics he wanted to discuss but did not mention Russia's interference in the 2016 election or the upcoming midterm elections.

Trump said he'd give it to his 12-year-old son Barron, a football fan.

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Flake apparently was referring to Trump's response when asked who was at fault for the decline in relations between the the US and Russian Federation. "We ran a brilliant campaign, and that's why I am president".

As you may be aware, Trump and Putin held their summit in Helsinki today. "But I really do want to see the server".

And he added: "To all our allies: there are still many of us in Congress that know Russian Federation is not just an adversary to the United States but to freedom loving people everywhere". He said he would allow Mueller to observe interviews of the 12 agents if Russian authorities were allowed to interview Americans including Bill Browder, the Hermitage Capital chief executive who lobbied the USA government to adopt a law punishing Russian officials accused of human-rights abuses.

The pair had opened their long-awaited summit Monday with a wink and slouch, respectively, then talked one on one behind closed doors for two-plus hours before the American leader declared their meeting was off to a "very, very good start for everybody".

"I feel we'll have an extraordinary relationship - getting along with Russian Federation is a good thing, not a bad thing".

While Trump was seen as hopeful about the meeting's outcome, Putin talked about the "problem areas of the world".

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The information with Arsene is also important for me but the best is my direct relationship and conversations with the players". New Arsenal boss Unai Emery is set to face a hard start in the Premier League with four matches moved for live TV.

Meanwhile, US lawmakers and political observers on both sides are warning Trump not to trust Putin.

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