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

CNN’s Anderson Cooper said Monday that President TrumpDonald TrumpHouse votes to condemn Chinese government over Hong Kong Former Vice President Walter Mondale dies at age 93 White House readies for Chauvin verdict 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 ClintonPelosi on power in DC: 'You have to seize it' Cuba readies for life without Castro Chelsea Clinton: Pics of Trump getting vaccinated would help him 'claim credit' 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 CoatsExperts see 'unprecedented' increase in hackers targeting electric grid Intel heads to resume worldwide threats hearing scrapped under Trump Lack of cyber funds in Biden infrastructure plan raises eyebrows 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) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump MORE indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers and charged them with hacking U.S. systems.

Updated at 12:34 p.m.