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

CNN’s Anderson Cooper said Monday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpFlorida GOP lawmaker says he's 'thinking' about impeachment Democrats introduce 'THUG Act' to block funding for G-7 at Trump resort Kurdish group PKK pens open letter rebuking Trump's comparison to ISIS 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 ClintonState cites 38 people for violations in Clinton email review Trump campaign to hold rallies in Mississippi, Kentucky Biden struggles to reverse fall 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 Coats281 lobbyists have worked in Trump administration: report Former intelligence chief Coats rejoins law firm Remembering leaders who put country above party 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 MuellerFox News legal analyst says Trump call with Ukraine leader could be 'more serious' than what Mueller 'dragged up' Lewandowski says Mueller report was 'very clear' in proving 'there was no obstruction,' despite having 'never' read it Fox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network MORE indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers and charged them with hacking U.S. systems.

Updated at 12:34 p.m.