CNN’s Anderson Cooper said Monday that President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump lawyers to Supreme Court: Jan. 6 committee 'will not be harmed by delay' Two House Democrats announce they won't seek reelection DiCaprio on climate change: 'Vote for people that are sane' 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.
"You have been watching perhaps one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president at a summit in front of a Russian leader certainly than I've ever seen." - Anderson Cooper on Trump-Putin summit pic.twitter.com/xHbmAZl0y3— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) July 16, 2018
The two leaders met for a one-on-one meeting in Helsinki on Monday and addressed reporters after meeting for more than two hours.
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 ClintonThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Democrats see victory in a voting rights defeat Left laughs off floated changes to 2024 ticket A year into his presidency, Biden is polling at an all-time low 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 CoatsAn independent commission should review our National Defense Strategy Overnight Hillicon Valley — Scrutiny over Instagram's impact on teens Former national security officials warn antitrust bills could help China in tech race 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) MuellerAn unquestioning press promotes Rep. Adam Schiff's book based on Russia fiction Senate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG MORE indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers and charged them with hacking U.S. systems.
Updated at 12:34 p.m.