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Helsinki Summit: Twitter Reacts

Did Trump get played by Putin at the summit?

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump met for two hours in a one-on-one, closed door meeting today in Helsinki, Finland (only their interpreters were present), and then spent time at a working lunch.

Following that, the two leaders held a press conference in which President Trump said he believed what he had been told by Putin, that Russia was not involved in the 2016 presidential election in any way.

According to Politico: 

Trump, standing next to Putin in Helsinki, refused to say he believed U.S. intelligence assessments about Russian election interference. Trump appeared to take Putin’s claim that Russia was innocent at face value.

“I have President Putin, he just said it’s not Russia. I don’t see any reason why it would be,” Trump said, although he added that he has confidence in both parties — Putin and U.S. intelligence.

Trump’s comments, as well what many deemed to be an overall timid performance next to the Russian strongman, stunned former U.S. officials, analysts and others. Some said they could not recall similar behavior by an American head of state.

The news exploded across Twitter this afternoon, with calls for the president’s aides to resign being some of the mildest reaction. Here’s what we’re seeing this afternoon:

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