In this case, Trump sided with his Russian counterpart by openly questioning his own intelligence agencies' findings that Moscow was behind the 2016 USA elections.
The US Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats, also issued a statement saying that the intelligence community had been clear about Russia's "ongoing, pervasive attempts" to undermine US democracy.
Trump on his intelligence officials: "They said they think it's Russian Federation".
Putin has long insisted that the Kremlin had nothing to do with the hacking, denials that Trump said the Russian leader repeated during their private meeting Monday.
"I was an intelligence officer myself and know how these dossiers are put together", said Putin.
"If it were me, I'd check the soccer ball for listening devices and never allow it in the White House", hawkish Republican Senator Lyndsey Graham said on Twitter. It's kept us separated", Trump said."There was no collusion, at all.
The summit began just hours after Trump blamed the United States - and not Russian election meddling or its annexation of Crimea - for a low-point in U.S. -Russia relations.
"I don't see any reason why it would be [Russia]", Trump said.
Kasparov said that the press conference was a clear indication Trump and Putin are alike in that neither represent their nations.
Even Fox News, accused by Democrats of being a propaganda network for Trump, had several anchors blasting the president.
His critics, including the former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan, saw this as nothing less than treason. "I have covered this president since the moment he was sworn in and have never been at a press conference like this one".
James Clapper, who was director of national intelligence under Obama between 2010 and 2017, described Trump remarks as "truly unbelievable".
U.S. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats departs after a classified briefing for the U.S. congressional leadership from Federal Bureau of Investigation and intelligence officials on the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election held in the U.S. Capitol building on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 24, 2018.
Both the United States and Kremlin leaders have furiously denied Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation. "They said they think it's Russia", Trump said.
"A productive dialogue is not only good for the United States and good for Russian Federation, but it is good for the world", he said.
Putin didn't want to see it, Wallace said.
Coats wasn't the only intelligence official questioning Trump's assertion. "And I think I can speak on behalf of Russian Federation when I say that, also".
As you may be aware, Trump and Putin held their summit in Helsinki today. He said his North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting was "great" but he "had an even better meeting with Vladimir Putin of Russian Federation". He stood next to Putin and attacked domestic political rivals, the Justice Department, and the FBI for investigating what happened while ignoring questions over his own intelligence community's assessment that Putin did, in fact, order a sophisticated influence campaign in states that ultimately decided the election outcome.
He called this a "dream" scenario for Putin and said Trump is either weak or a traitor.
One of the big questions pre-summit was whether Trump would call for the extradition to the United States of the 12 Russian spies indicted by Mueller. I will say this.