CNN correspondent: Trump-Putin meeting should be called 'surrender summit'

CNN correspondent: Trump-Putin meeting should be called 'surrender summit'
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CNN chief national correspondent John King said Monday that the meeting between President TrumpDonald John TrumpRussia's election interference is a problem for the GOP Pence to pitch trade deal during trip to Michigan: report Iran oil minister: US made 'bad mistake' in ending sanctions waivers MORE and Russian President Vladimir Putin should be billed as "the surrender summit."

"I came to Washington in the final months of the Reagan administration, and I have never seen an American president simply surrender to the leader of Russia," King said on CNN. 


"You should call this the surrender summit," he said.

King's comments came shortly after Trump and Putin concluded a high-stakes summit in Finland that focused on a number of issues. 

The leaders finished the meeting with a joint press conference, one in which Trump refused to denounce Putin and Russia for interfering the 2016 presidential election. 

In addition, Trump attacked special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's probe, saying that the investigation has been a "disaster" for the country. 

"There was no collusion at all. Everybody knows it," Trump said. He added that he sees no reason why Russia would interfere in the election and pointed to Putin's denials to defend his position. 

The comment, which contradicts the conclusions of U.S. intelligence agencies, comes only days after Mueller indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers for their role in the hacking of the Democratic National Committee. 

Trump's actions were quickly met with outrage from Democratic and Republican lawmakers. CNN host Anderson Cooper called Trump's behavior "disgraceful" on-air immediately after the press conference ended. 

“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.