The US president fails to stand up for national interests during bewildering press conference

Donald Trump’s press conference with Vladimir Putin will go down in history as one of the most astonishing ever. The US president took Putin’s side over that of his own intelligence community, and refused to acknowledge that Russia hacked the 2016 presidential election.

When asked point-blank to condemn Moscow’s meddling in US democracy, Trump couldn’t bring himself to do so. For two years, Trump has faced claims that he was beholden to Russia and in some intangible way even controlled by it. Monday’s press conference did nothing to banish this impression.

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