Anderson Cooper calls Trump performance at news conference wth Putin 'disgraceful'

CNN’s Anderson Cooper said Monday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew EPA rule would expand Trump officials' powers to reject FOIA requests Democratic senator introduces bill to ban gun silencers Democrats: Ex-Commerce aide said Ross asked him to examine adding census citizenship question MORE’s performance at a news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin as one of the most “disgraceful” he has ever seen.

“You have been watching perhaps one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president at a summit in front of a Russian leader, that I have ever seen,” Cooper said on-air after Trump and Putin concluded their news conference.

The two leaders met for a one-on-one meeting in Helsinki on Monday and addressed reporters after meeting for more than two hours.

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During the joint press conference, Trump and Putin addressed the issue of Russia's election meddling, with Putin denying that Russia interfered in the U.S. election.

“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.

With Putin at his side, Trump contradicted the conclusions of his own intelligence agencies and referred to the investigation into Russian meddling as a “witch hunt,” again repeating his claim that there was “no collusion” between his campaign and Russia.

“The probe is a disaster for our country,” Trump said. “I think it’s kept us separated. There was no collusion at all. Everybody knows it.”

Trump declined to condemn the Russian interference, and instead brought up former Secretary of State and presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBiden to debate for first time as front-runner Top Trump ally says potential Amash presidential bid could be problematic in Michigan Chaotic Trump transition leaks: Debates must tackle how Democrats will govern differently MORE’s emails and repeatedly asked about the Democratic National Committee’s email server.

“What happened to Hillary Clinton’s emails? 33,000 emails gone, just gone,” he said. “I think in Russia they wouldn’t be gone so easily.” 

The president said that he doesn’t “see any reason” why Russians would have been behind the Democratic National Committee hack, despite his own Director of National Intelligence Dan CoatsDaniel (Dan) Ray CoatsThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump targets Iran with new sanctions CNN's Jake Tapper repeatedly presses Pence on whether he thinks climate change is a threat Hillicon Valley: Tim Cook visits White House | House hearing grapples with deepfake threat | Bill, Melinda Gates launch lobbying group | Tech turns to K-Street in antitrust fight | Lawsuit poses major threat to T-Mobile, Sprint merger MORE telling him that the intelligence community thinks Russia was behind the interference.

The U.S. intelligence community has concluded that Russia interfered in the presidential election.

On Friday, special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerKamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump Schiff says Intel panel will hold 'series' of hearings on Mueller report MORE indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers and charged them with hacking U.S. systems.

Updated at 12:34 p.m.