"(Spy chief) Dan Coats came to me and some others, they said they think it's Russian Federation. Putin declined to take the copy from Wallace, and the two men repeatedly talked over one another as the Russian president sought to rebuke the United States intelligence community's widespread assessment that Moscow interfered in the 2016 election with the aim of boosting Trump and damaging Hillary Clinton's candidacy.
Trump will meet with members of Congress on Tuesday, the White House said without giving further details.
The US and Russian leaders came out of their meeting in Helsinki expressing a desire to cooperate on global challenges, after talks on an array of issues from Syria, Ukraine and China to trade tariffs and the size of their nuclear arsenals. "I've been saying it, and I'm sure you've heard over the years, and as I campaigned, that getting along with Russian Federation is good thing, not a bad thing", he said.
What is his connection to the 2016 USA presidential election? The Russian president said he would like to discuss relations between Russia and the USA and global issues with the United States counterpart. Trump touted the summit as a chance to improve ties. Washington and Moscow back different sides in the eight-year-old civil war. I think the USA has been foolish. And John Brennan, former director of the National Counterterrorism Center under former president George W. Bush and Central Intelligence Agency director under former president Barack Obama, said it amounted to an impeachable act.
"Flattering dictators will not advance American interests".
"Where did you get this idea that President Trump trusts me, or I trust him?" A former chairman of the Republican National Committee even said Trump was acting as if he were an "asset" next to his "handler".
Trump faced renewed pressure to confront Putin over Russia's election interference following Friday's indictments.
On his way home, Trump insisted in a post on Twitter that he has "GREAT confidence in MY intelligence people".
"It was unbelievable", said a stunned Will Hurd, a Republican congressman from Texas and former Central Intelligence Agency officer.
"We're not going to be able to mobilize anybody for anything after this unless he shows real toughness toward Russian Federation, which kind of undercuts the whole goal of going over there", said James Jeffrey, a former USA ambassador to Iraq and Turkey and deputy national security adviser under President George W. Bush.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, the top Republican in Congress, said Russian Federation undoubtedly interfered in the 2016 election.
"The president must appreciate that Russian Federation is not our ally", said Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. "But I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today". "The Russians are not our friends and I entirely believe the assessment of our intelligence community".
Congressman Adam Schiff, the senior Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said Trump had given Putin "a green light to interfere in 2018".
Those were the first moments of Mr Putin's arrival for his much-anticipated summit meeting with his American counterpart Donald Trump on Monday (July 16) - and they underscored his honed ability to maximise the power of the image and the drama of high-profile, made-for-TV political events.
"The probe is a disaster for our country", Trump said following a summit between the two leaders, after he was asked whether he holds Russian Federation accountable at all for poor relations with the U.S.
As Trump said, "this will probably go on for a while", before special counsel Robert S. Mueller III delivers conclusive evidence.
"I never thought I would see the day when our American President would stand on the stage with the Russian President and place blame on the United States for Russian aggression", he said.