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vladimir putin summit went. i want to read your tweets, even the nasty ones, let it vent. that is all the time we have tonight. shannon bream and the fox news at night team, next an encore presentation of the exclusive sitdown with vladimir putin. >> always so quiet around here. thank you so much. we begin with the fox news alert, donald trump pushing back on critics from across the political spectrum and the world in a fiery post summit interview with sean hannity he is doubling down claiming the special counsel is the biggest wedge driving the us and russia apart. john barrasso is fourth ranking member of the senate republican leadership who joins us live shortly and the exclusive history making interview with vladimir putin, we will air this in its entirety. exclusive interview with two pres.s at the center of a global firestorm of
controversy. let's get started with the latest on helsinki from john roberts. good morning to you, john. >> reporter: good morning from helsinki where it is 6:00 in the morning and another beautiful day, donald trump back in the united states after his summit with p income of a been back in moscow, the president came here to reset the russian relationship with the united states, the obama administration tried to didn't get far, the president believes he has set this relationship on a new course but the big headline of the day came when donald trump after saying twice last week he was going to be very direct, frank and tough with vladimir putin about allegations of meddling in the 2016 election the president basically said he didn't know if he believed us intelligence or vladimir putin who told him again that russia had nothing to do with meddling.d nothing
>> they said it is russia. i have vladimir putin, he just said it is not russia. i don't see any reason it would be. i have great confidence in my intelligence people but i will tell you that vladimir putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today. >> the director of national intelligence the president mentioned must've seen that and had kittens because he had a statement out not long after that that said, quote, the role of the intelligence community is provide the best information and fact-based assessment possible for the president and policymakers, we have been clear that russian meddling in 2016 election and ongoing pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy and we will continue
to provide unvarnished and objective intelligence in support of the national security. some of the pres.'s closest advisers and most ardent supporters suggested it was a huge mistake for the president to say that, newt gingrich, donald trump must clarify his statements in helsinki on our intelligence system and p. the most serious mistake of his presidency and must be corrected immediately. just about the same time the former speaker of the house released that we the president tweeted out as i said today i have great confidence in my intelligence people, however i also recognize in order to build a brighter future we cannot exclusively focus on the past as the largest nuclear powers, we must get along. a statement earlier on twitter, a lot of people's attention when he blamed us foolishness and stupidity for driving the us russia relations to new lows, the president was asked about that and didn't back off at all. >> i hold both countries responsible.
the united states has been foolish. we should have had this dialogue a long time ago. we are all to blame. >> a lot of people thought the president was being an apologist for the united states the way he complained the obama administration does, chuck schumer, senate minority leader, the president of the united states fighting with vladimir putin against american law enforcement, american defense officials and american intelligence agencies is thoughtless, dangerous and we, the president is putting himself over our country. the democratic criticism might be expected but from the speaker of the house, paul ryan, the president must appreciate that russia is not our ally, there is no moral equivalence between the united states and russia which remains hostile to our most basic values and ideas lose one of the surprising the press conference this afternoon,
vladimir putin was asked if he wanted donald trump to win the election, he said yes he did because the president talked about creating a new relationship with russia. it does appear the united states and russia are on a different footings and they have been the last few years with a lot of questions about where exactly donald trump's priorities really live. >> thank you very much. we will see the exclusive interview with chris wallace and vladimir putin but first donald trump sat down with sean hannity following the summit. >> reporter: this took place minutes after the press conference, this is his immediate reaction before the criticism came out and the director of national intelligence defendant the us intelligence assessment that russia did interfere in the 2016 election, the first thing he said about vladimir putin.
>> he said there was no collusion whatsoever. he said it as strongly as you can say it. they have no information on trump. we are talking nuclear proliferation, talking about syria and humanitarian aid, all these different things and we get questions on the witchhunt and i don't think the people in the country by it, but the reporters like to give it a shot. i thought vladimir putin was very very strong. >> he also got more insight into what he thought about vladimir putin's idea about the special counsel epstein to come to russia and question those 12 intelligence officers just indicted and if russian agents are allowed to do the same in the united states. >> i was fascinated by it.
they have a treaty where they work together with the united states because everyone said we don't have an extradition treaty but they have a treaty where they work together and his prosecutors were prosecuted and he said robert mueller's people could go with them but they probably won't. he is willing to take those 12 people, there is no extradition but he is willing to let robert mueller's people go and bring a big investigation of those people working together with russian investigators. >> as for what went down before the press are donald trump didn't go into details but he did say this. >> along meeting and good meeting, we discussed so many things including nuclear, war and peace, economic syria, ukraine, we discussed many many things and at the end of the long ago, it was just the two of
us and interpreters and at the end of this meeting we came to a lot of good conclusions. >> what exactly those conclusions are remain unclear. also unclear will donald trump continue to believe vladimir putin more than he believes his own intelligence community. he was asked about it tonight, didn't bring it up. >> the president facing harsh criticism from both parties following his talks with vladimir putin, chairman of the senate republican party joins us now with his reaction, great to have you with us. let me start with something from your side of the aisle, here is what he said today. >> there is no moral -- between intelligence community and vladimir putin, no ambiguity about that. nothing great, nothing confusing, the are a couple things that need to be articulated and for some reason
the president decided to say things that are the opposite of true. >> vladimir putin is not our friend and i do trust the united states intelligence, i said time and again the russians have tried to involve themselves in did in the election of 2016. it did not impact the outcome. i think there should have been a punishing response, direct and decisive, wasn't done. i don't know what the president said in this for our meeting but all those items the president talked about at the end the united states has been very strong and donald trump has been strong against russia on 6 or 7 different items when it comes to syria, cruise missiles, ukraine, sanctions against russia and more money in our own military and getting rid of russians in the united states sending them back and putting defense missiles in poland, the pres.'s actions have been tough against
russia. >> the president publicly is a lot kinder than vladimir putin and a lot of people are comfortable with especially when he was pitted against his intelligence community against vladimir putin. why will he not say? was at that he felt personally attacked by the intelligence community? why won't he accept the assessment that you and others accept as fact? why won't he do that when he said do you trust them or do you trust vladimir putin? >> the president speaks for himself on that but when i look at vladimir putin he stated he wants to rebuild the former soviet union, he invades other countries as he did ukraine and taking crimea and syria which we have been pushing back against. we know he has involved himself in the elections in the united
states and is holding europe hostage for energy and wants to go further so there are more things we can do in a punishing response to vladimir putin. i don't know what the president said to him privately but i hope he said we know you did this in 2016, don't do it in 2018 because if you do this is the punishing response. i'm not barack obama, i'm going to ask so nothing happens in 2018 then to donald trump for privately telling vladimir putin to stay out. >> he was much tougher privately than he was in this conversation and they need to negotiate over things, the world is wrapped up in the top nuclear superpowers, thank you for weighing in. the exclusive, unforgettable interview with chris wallace and vladimir putin, it was tense and combative. he called the election meddling charge ridiculous. chris's and having it. much more after this break. stick around.
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moment but let's begin with the big picture. donald trump said in his news conference that our relationship has never been worse but that changed a few hours ago. how has the relationship changed between the us and russia changed? >> translator: primarily we should be grateful to our intel aids who spent several months working with one another. not just in preparation for this summit and referring to the efforts of our agencies across the board who worked on sensitive areas for russia and the united states, primarily the counterterrorism efforts, talking with donald trump we agreed terrorism is the greatest
threat. because if something happens, if there is a terrorist attack using weapons of mass destruction it may have a devastating ramification, treat our special agencies, do establish cooperation in this important area. case in point would be syria. although there are some misunderstandings in terms of the broader picture, this is going on between special services, that is now counterterrorism effort in the material sense. in 2021 the new start treaty is about to expire so what do we do
next? i reassured donald trump russia stands ready to extend this treaty, to prolong it but we have to agree on specifics because we have questions to american partners, we think they are not compliant with the treaty but we also discussed the iranian nuclear program, we discussed what we can do to improve the situation with north korea. i pointed out and will point out again i think donald trump did a lot to settle this issue but in order to achieve complete denuclearization of the peninsula it will take international guarantee means and russia stands ready to make a contribution to the extent
necessary so we can state several issues of crucial importance for us we are starting to achieve some understanding which gives us grounds to say something, a lot of things changed for the better. >> do you see the summit is a turning point, the effort by the west in recent years to isolate russia? >> translator: you will see for yourself this effort fulfilled, never bound to succeed. take a look at the scale, the sheer size of it in terms of international security, the global energy market. to be sanctioned and isolated. speaking of things that do unite us and things that require our
joint efforts it brings us to the idea that such attempts to fight one another should be end to the and look for ways to address common differences and challenges. how to overcome this concern so i think this is the beginning of the path, this is a start, we did make a good start today. >> one of the issues standing in the way are the allegations of russian interference in the us election. you have repeatedly said and you said again today this was not the action of the russian state, but if anything it was patriotic russian individuals. i have here the indictment presented on friday from special counsel robert mueller that says
12 members of russian military intelligence, specifically units 26, 165, 74, 455, you smile, let me finish, they say these units were specifically involved in hacking into democratic party computers, stealing information and spreading into the world to disrupt the american election. may i give this to you to look at? >> let me start answering your question with something a little different. look at it this way. people talk about interference
in the election process. i have mentioned this and i say no again and i wish for your american listeners to listen to what i say. first of all, russia as a state has never interfered with the internal affairs of the united states. >> the indictment, there are 12 names here, talks about specific units of the russian military intelligence, is the gr you not part of the russian state? >> i will get to it. have a little patience and you will get a full answer to your question. interference with the domestic affairs of the united states, do you really believe that someone acting from russian territory could have influenced the united states and the choice of
millions of americans? >> i'm asking whether they tried? >> i'm about to answer. this was the first point if you will have some patience you will hear the entire answer. i said this in 2016 as i say it now. the idea was about hacking email account of the democratic candidate. was it rigging of facts, some forgery of facts? that is the point i am trying to make. any false information planted? no it wasn't. these hackers -- i will get back to it. bear with me for moment. they hacked the email account and information about manipulation conducted within
the democratic party to incline the process and as far as i know the party leadership resigned. they admitted the fact of their manipulation. that is one thing, manipulation of public opinion should start and an apology should be made to the public at large instead of looking for the responsible party at fault. now as i said in the press conference -- >> may i just say you are indicating they stole real money. are you saying it is okay because the fact they took from the dnc, john podesta, with their real emails so it is okay to hack and spread this information out and interfere with the election? >> listen to me please. the information i am aware of,
there's nothing false about it. every grain of it is true and democratic leadership admitted it. the second point. if you don't like my answer give it to me straight away and i will keep silent. if you want americans to listen to my opinion please wait for a little bit. now for the specific accusations. special counsel robert mueller has accused certain private company in russia which is not a very big enterprise in the restaurant business and now this company hired american lawyers, defending its integrity and reputation in an american court. so far american court is not discovered any trace of interference whatsoever. let americans know about it and to the individuals from the
indictment, we have a treaty in criminal cases, an existing treaty that exists from 1999. i refer an example of it. >> i'm not trying to interrupt. >> let me finish, just let me finish. you are trying to interrupt but i will finish. why wouldn't special counsel robert mueller send an official request and the framework of this agreement? our investigators acting in accordance with this treaty were questions, each individual that american partners are suspected of something. why the request was filed, nobody sent a single -- >> let me just say i don't want
to interrupt and i want to ask one question and move on to other subjects. why do you think robert mueller issued this indictment three days before you and donald trump met? >> translator: i am not interested in this issue a single bit. it is internal political games of the united states, doesn't make the relationship between russia and the united states a hostage of this internal political struggle and it is clear to me that this is used in internal political struggle and nothing to be proud of for american democracy to use such dirty methods. >> do you think mr. miller is trying to sabotage the relationship? >> i don't want to make any assessments about his motivation.
congress appointed him and i think the court had some doubts about the procedure of appointing robert mueller to the posting now held. i think american court believes it was done with infringement of the american legislation. >> congress doesn't appoint them. >> i thought the news conference today, my opinion was a bit curious because donald trump spent more time criticizing the democrats and asking about the democratic server than he did criticizing russia and asking about the gr you. there are many theories in the united states why donald trump is so reluctant to criticize you and i would like to ask about a couple of them. one is that you have something
on him. the other is as a skilled politician and former kgb officer you know how to play him, you use phrases like fake news and deep state. my question is do you find donald trump easy to deal with? >> the first point i'm about to make, why did we talk -- this comes as a surprise. was it worth going all the way to helsinki through the atlantic to insult one another? there's no need to go and meet personally if you want to insult the person. we met, improving the relationship, or turning it completely and the second point
of this answers whether we have something on some. we don't have anything on them, there can't be anything on them. i don't want to insult donald trump when i say this and may come as rude but before, he announced he would run for the presidency he was of no interest to us. there are plenty of people in the united states, in the construction business, he organized the beauty pageants but never occurred to anyone he would think of running for president, never mentioned his political ambition. utter nonsense. mentioned this in the press conference, being visited by 500 businessman, every one of them is a major industrialist, tycoon. was that special services,
organizing surveillance in each and every evens. likely you and the united states we don't do this. we don't have the resources or manpower to organize this total state of control, not part of our plan and it is clear we did nothing of the kind against trump. >> i would like to ask a couple specific questions about nato. if nato were to move to at ukraine or georgia to the alliance how we respond? >> translator: negatively. the situation around nato is going along those lines. i have a clear understanding of the decisions i made. before the consensus-based decisions are made on the
organization there is an opportunity for bilateral conduct with member states, poland, romania which deploy elements of the strategic antimissile defense of the united states, direct and immediate. accordingly, moving this nato infrastructure towards our borders would be a threat and reaction would be extremely negative. >> secondly there are two major nato exercises leaders this year, anaconda and trident. did you and donald trump discuss those and did he give any indication as he did with chairman kim of north korea when he agreed to stop participating in wargames, any indication us might not participate in these nato operations. >> we did not bring this issue
up although it is a concern for us that nato is expanding its infrastructure facilities. serviceman is on the rise where they shouldn't be, increase to the tune of 10,000 people. this is in compliance to the treaty between russia and nato and this is a factor we have to factor in but we haven't mentioned this. >> i want to ask about russia's involvement in syria. according to independent monitors since the civil war began in 2011, half 1 million people have been killed and russia has bombed civilians, no
call about killing innocents? >> when there is warfare going on, the worst thing that can happen for humankind, victims are inevitable and there is always a question who is to blame. the terrorist groups, those are the true culprits. that is exactly the answer the american military give us when they hit military objects in afghanistan throughout the country. it late be dubious to some people. american aviation bombed. and the need for humanitarian operations. i hope you will make progress in
this area. >> the un commission that is investigating serious says there was deliberate targeting of civilians by russian pilots filing su 24 aircraft. >> it can be -- i want to get back to this. >> we can talk about aleppo. >> and can't forget about others. >> i don't think there has been bloodshed in morocco but there was thousands of people who were killed and half 1 million
people. and supporters and moscow. are they terrorists. >> you are completely -- i'm sorry you do not know the real situation. a huge proportion of the syrian population, it was arranged, stalingrad from the world -- i reiterate, the blame is on those individuals, >> >> donald trump reportedly told the other leaders that crimea
might as well. everybody there speaks russian. rationality next nation of korea or sanctions, to bring russia back into the g7, or g8. >> i would like to make a correction. the joining of crimea to russia is not an annexation. in democratic governance, a manifestation of a person's will, people in crimea went to the referendum and voted for joining russia, if this is annexation what is democracy? secondly we are aware of donald
trump, that crimea is a part of ukraine. i responded with the words similar to what i said to you. >> we are running out of time, let's move on. last year defense secretary mattis said russia is the greatest threat to the united states. he has since made it clear an even greater threat than terrorism. in march, you introduced a new generation of russian missiles including what you called an invisible missile that could even aid or defeat our missile defenses and even released a video that showed the
supermissile flying over the united states and hitting florida very near where donald trump's the state is in more a log oh. aren't you escalating the arms race and being deliberately provocative? >> translator: as far as the footage concerned, they do not specify the missile is about to hit the united states. and a new sense -- there was not -- not a caption saying florida. take a more careful look at it. never -- it was clear it was flying over the eastern coast. take a closer look. the operation with make-believe -- and now i am pretty sure i
can give you this. not to be offensive weapons, they were not born out of nowhere. they were born as a response to the unilateral withdrawal of the united states from the treaty. in the very beginning, our american counterparts. the antimissile system, we see no purpose for it. the responsive outcome is the united states designed the antimissile defense system because it is not designed in 2003 and 2004, mentioned one of those systems had no response to
american counterparts. we just demonstrated we have means to overcome the system, negotiating items. i do hope in terms of strategic ability, we will find an acceptable solution for both sides and that applies to the intermedia and and short range missiles. >> i would like to ask about the inf violation but i will ask three final questions about vladimir putin. when you were first elected in 2000 you were portrayed as a democratic reformer, with european culture and did not out becoming part of nato.
what happened? >> nothing changed about me. i am the way i am, not the way i was. i was elected president of the russian federation and your preferences, beliefs and attitudes do not change but what is going around us. when the soviet union withdrawing troops. russians should know one thing, nato would never extend beyond the german borders. nobody gives a damn about our posture. didn't want the united states withdraw from the treaty, despite requests not to do it.
such issues, and executive by our border, nothing happened to me. what happens to you, that is what i want to do. >> you say nothing happened to you but i want to ask you, not internationally, domestically, inside russia, why is it so many people that opposed vladimir putin end up dead or close to it, former russian spy and double agent, the victim of a nerve agent attack in england, guns down near the kremlin, investigative reporter murdered in an apartment building. why so many people who are political enemies of vladimir putin are attacked?
>> translator: plenty of political rivals. >> they don't end up dead. >> translator: haven't presidents been killed in the united states? has kennedy been killed in russia or the united states? what happened to the clash between police or civil society. that is something that happens on us soil. these have domestic problems to what happened in russia. and to some extent russia's statehood is maturing and there are side effects and persecute
people responsible but we need some sort of document and evidence nobody gives it to. the accusations into the election processing, so many suffered the nerve agent, who are they? >> supposedly they picked up a bottle. may i ask one last question. >> translator: let us look at this issue. what kind of package, what kind of ball, what is the chemical formula or maybe there are other reasons, or reasons within the united kingdom but nobody wants to look at the issue and
unfounded accusations, why is it? why our relationship should be made worse by this. >> one of the reasons you wanted to do this interview was so people in the united states and the west get a better understanding about the real man. you are often portrayed as a strong man, an autocrat, a person who is a symbol of russia's strength. are those fair characterizations of you? >> translator: i don't lay claim to be this kind of strongman but i have been portrayed, from the point of view, legal symbols, all of them symbolize the country and it is the same for any country.
the national flag, the institutes of the presidency they portrayed russian values and send for, a relationship in the united states. i mentioned the economy before and facts to donald trump. let's look at our market. europeans sell billions of dollars, 1,500 billion euro of services, and $67 billion. $12 billion for the united states and $5 billion, the direct result of this policy including sanctions. the united states have driven off companies, they left and this vacuum was filled by
rivals, competitors, interested in developing our relationship with strategic stability and economic challenges, strategic challenges and other challenges, and the first step in this direction. >> thank you for talking with us. >> the russian woman accused of conspiring to infiltrate american political organizations including the nra reportedly under the direction of the kremlin. those allegations next.
♪ >> another russian charged by the justice department tonight for allegedly attempting to create a back channel to moscow by infiltrating conservative groups like the nra. garrett tenney is here with the stunning story. >> the fbi says this goes back to the affidavit to advance moscow's long-term strategic objectives in the united states. on sunday fbi agents arrested a 29-year-old russian woman who is
charged with lobbying to advance russian interests without notifying the atty. gen. what she was allegedly up to. under the direction of an influential russian targeted by us sanctions they send the past 3 years trying to develop relationships with us politicians establish lines of communication. according to the affidavit what was used by the russian federation to penetrate national decisions in the apparatus to advance the agenda of the russian federation. a cofounder of the russian government get the right to bear arms quote in court documents she cultivated relationships with special-interest groups including the nra to get access to politicians. and successfully reach stitching those in power, released several elected officials in 2015-16 at the campaign event in las vegas in july 2015, one of a handful of people who got candidate
donald trump a question. >> if you would be elected as president what would be your foreign politics especially in relationships with my country and do you want to continue the politics of sanctions that are damaging both economies? >> reporter: the us government allegations are overblown and insists she is not a russian agent and also interesting to note vladimir putin told chris wallace never interfered in the internal affairs in the united states but in 2016, in an email representative of vladimir putin's administration approved permission to establish that back channel operation. >> tomorrow night tucker carlson will be airing a full extended interview with donald trump. use preview so tune in for the full thing tomorrow at 8:00 pm.
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>> it is tuesday, july 17th, "fox and friends first," armed and dangerous, shot at point blank range during a traffic stop, the manhunt at this hour to catch the gunmen. >> enough is enough, donald trump calling other is a probe after his summit with vladimir putin. >> we had a phony witchhunt deal drive us apart. jillian: is the russian collusion theory getting in the way of foreign policy success? >> he made history of the polls