Fallout after Trump-Putin meeting

By Meg Wagner, Veronica Rocha, Brian Ries and Sheena McKenzie, CNN

Updated 9:56 p.m. ET, July 17, 2018
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1:26 p.m. ET, July 16, 2018

Trump's translator will be debriefed by US officials

From CNN's Kevin Liptak

A US official says the translator in President Trump's one-on-one with Russian President Vladimir Putin will likely be debriefed, at least informally, by other US officials about some of what took place in the meeting. 

The official said this was not unusual practice for one-on-one meetings, but after Trump's performance at the press conference the contents of that session are gaining greater scrutiny.

The translator's main focus in the meeting is to translate the leaders' words, not to take notes for posterity, so her accounting of the meeting is not considered an official record.

About the translator: Marina Gross has previously translated for the State Department and other government entities. She accompanied first lady Laura Bush to Sochi, Russia, in 2008.

1:16 p.m. ET, July 16, 2018

Putin: Meeting with Trump was "really very informative and useful"

From CNN’s Sebastian Shukla

Russian President Vladimir Putin said his meeting with the President Trump was “really very informative and useful,” according to Russian state media. 

While meeting with the Finnish President after the talks with Trump, Putin also said Helsinki had become a real world political capital and thanked President Sauli Niinistö for hosting the meeting. 

1:05 p.m. ET, July 16, 2018

Key Trump ally: "Russia interfered in the 2016 election"

From CNN's Manu Raju


Senior Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch, a key Trump ally, just issued a statement, following President Trump's explosive news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

During the news conference, Trump said he had no reason to think Russia hacked into the US election.

But Hatch of Utah disagrees, and said it's a known fact that Russia interfered in the US election.

Here's his full statement:

"Russia interfered in the 2016 election. Our nation’s top intelligence agencies all agree on that point. From the President on down, we must do everything in our power to protect our democracy by securing future elections from foreign influence and interference, regardless of what Vladimir Putin or any other Russian operative says. I trust the good work of our intelligence and law enforcement personnel who have sworn to protect the United States of America from enemies foreign and domestic.”


12:51 p.m. ET, July 16, 2018

US official: "This was not the plan"

From CNN's Jeff Zeleny

A US official directly involved with Helsinki summit sums it up like this: “This was not the plan.”

While it was widely expected from planning conversations that President Trump wouldn’t change tactics here in Helsinki and aggressively confront Putin on election interference, the hope and plan was that he would do what he has done before: pivot.

But he doubled down instead, which again “was not the plan”

12:51 p.m. ET, July 16, 2018

How US allies are reacting to Trump's comments on Russia

From CNN's Michelle Kosinski and Jim Sciutto

President Trump’s news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin has not gone over with US allies. 

Here's how a few are reacting:

  • One senior diplomat of a US ally said Trump’s performance was “an abomination."
  • Another diplomat called it “frightening.”
  • Following Trump siding with Putin and failing to raise Ukraine, a senior Ukrainian diplomat said: “I’m exploding here, like so many people around the world who hold America dear.” 
12:39 p.m. ET, July 16, 2018

Russian foreign minister calls Trump-Putin talks "magnificent"

From CNN’s Mary Ilyushina

Photo by Madoka Ikegami-Pool/Getty Images
Photo by Madoka Ikegami-Pool/Getty Images

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the talks between the Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Trump were “magnificent," Russian media reports.

He added that the talks were "better than super."

12:36 p.m. ET, July 16, 2018

Democratic senators react to Trump's news conference: "Embarrassing," "sad" and "a complete disgrace"

Democratic senators are reacting to President Trump's press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

During the conference, Trump declined to side with US intelligence on the issue of Russian election interference. It came days after he criticized top US allies at the NATO summit.

Here's how the Democrats are reacting:

Chris Murphy from Connecticut

Mark Warner from Virginia

Elizabeth Warren from Massachusetts

Tim Kane from Virginia

Bill Nelson from Florida

12:39 p.m. ET, July 16, 2018

A senior White House official says West Wing is now sorting out how to respond

From CNN's Jeff Zeleny

As CNN reached out for reaction, a senior White House official asks: “How bad was that?”

That is the mindset right now among some of the President’s top advisers. The ones in Helsinki will be on a plane for seven or eight hours, unable to spin this.

The ones in the West Wing are trying to figure out at this hour how to respond and redirect how election meddling and Trump’s own words and allegiance with Putin overtook the entire summit. 

A Republican official close — and friendly — to the White House said, “We now know why he wanted to meet one on one.” 

1:08 p.m. ET, July 16, 2018

GOP senators call Trump-Putin news conference "shameful" and a "missed opportunity"

Two Republican lawmakers took to Twitter to criticize President Trump's performance during a joint news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Sen. Jeff Flake from Arizona

Sen. Lindsey Graham from South Carolina