Before the meeting, which went past the scheduled 90 minutes, Trump tweeted about the upcoming summit and blamed poor relations with Russia on the U.S. government before he was in power and the ongoing U.S. intelligence investigation into illegal Russian interference in the 2016 election.
"Our relationship with Russia has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of U.S. foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!" he wrote.
The tweet and subsequent meeting came after Robert Mueller filed an indictment on Friday charging 12 Russian intelligence operatives with conspiracy to interfere with the 2016 presidential election. Special counsel Mueller alleged the dozen Russian agents named in the indictment attempted to hack into the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and Hillary Clinton's campaign.
Our relationship with Russia has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of U.S. foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia even commented that they "agreed" with the U.S. president's tweet. While Perabo posted a photo of the tweet saying she was "dumbstruck" over the message.
At the Finnish presidential palace, Trump stressed that the U.S. has been "foolish" with their relationship with Russia, while Putin insisted that he "never interfered" in the 2016 election. In a particularly stunning moment, President Trump suggested he trusts Putin more than U.S. intelligence agencies that have found overwhelming evidence Russia meddled in the last presidential election.
"I have great confidence in my intelligence people, but I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today," Trump said.
"I think we have great opportunities together as two countries that, frankly, we have not been getting along very well for the last number of years," Trump said at another point during the press conference. "I think we will end up having an extraordinary relationship."
Although the meeting was focused on mending the relationship between the countries -- which Trump believes will happen -- Hollywood didn't hesitate to bring up the Mueller and Russia investigation, Trump's unusually close relationship with Putin, and the 2016 election. In addition, stars participated in the #TreasonSummit hashtag, slamming Trump's bromance with the Russian president.
"Right now, a KGB trained operative who's been President of Russia for close to 20 years and who every intelligence angency said undermined our election is alone in a room with the host of 'Celebrity Apprentence.' What could possibly go wrong?" Gad tweeted.
"[Obama] didn't believe it could happen, and it did happen," she wrote. "He did not stop them, so by taking no action whatsoever, you are carrying on the legacy of your favorite president, Barack Obama. While you're blowing your boyfriend Putin at your summit, know that evil villains fall hardest.
Even "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" executive producer Andy Lassner weighed in, tweeting that "the idiots are out in droves today," and that Trump is a "traitor" after someone wrote that they considered Trump an American "patriot."
This moron, puppet, coward sided with Putin over our own intelligence agencies! On a world stage!! BASED ON NOTHING MORE THAN PUTIN'S WORD! Why?? Can ANYONE answer that?? What the hell is happening. Politics aside, this is 100% un-American. Where are you @GOP????
I don't even know what to say. Today was a disgrace. @realDonaldTrump embarrassed America and should be ashamed of himself. Shame on anyone who chooses to ignore Russia's interference in our democracy for the sake of Trump's political well-being. I'm at a complete loss.
Right now, a KGB trained operative who's been President of Russia for close to 20 years and who every intelligence angency said undermined our election is alone in a room with the Host of Celebrity Apprentence. What could possibly go wrong?
He didn't believe it could happen, and it did happen. He did not stop them, so by taking no action whatsoever, you are carrying on the legacy of your favorite president, Barack Obama. While you're blowing your boyfriend Putin at your summit, know that evil villains fall hardest. https://t.co/KwEzu5lohr
Hey Lachlan Murdoch- one day your your family will ask you about how you directed your @foxnews to handle this moment. Will you seek the truth? Will you fight for facts or will you collude with Trump and corporate forces against the best interests of your country and the world? https://t.co/0oHzHZnWUz
"Asked if he trusted U.S. intelligence agencies which concluded that Russia interfered in the 2016 election, HE SAID HE HAD BEEN TOLD BY HIS CIA CHIEF THAT IT WAS RUSSIA, BUT THAT HE SAW NO REASON TO BELIEVE IT."
HE'S A TRAITOR; HE HAS SOLD HIMSELF, AND SOON HE WILL SELL US.
For the entire eight years Obama was in the White House, the sycophant media heralded his imaginary diplomatic prowess. Now that a real president is engaging in true diplomacy with a nuclear superpower, they all condemn the effort. Unsurprising hypocrisy. https://t.co/BTXkUgYyDo
“I would rather take a political risk in pursuit of peace than to risk peace in pursuit of politics. I will not make decisions on foreign policy in a futile effort to appease partisan critics, the media, or Democrats who want to resist and obstruct.”
If you really don't think Trump is in Putin's pocket after he agrees with Putin over every US national security & law enforcement agency on the world stage, you're blind. This is a betrayal to our country. Trump is a traitor & should be impeached. #TreasonSummit. https://t.co/dWtWXdg49s
To think Putin only has a pee tape at this point seems unrealistic. I mean, Trump is certainly a urine-lapper (I mean, how else did he get HIS nickname, #UrineLappingDonny), but for Trump to be this submissive to Putin, there must be something more. #TreasonSummit
Pssst...if people in red districts/states called their reps and said that they voted for Donald Trump in 2016 but he has gone too far and they can't support him anymore maybe some of these reps will start to bail on him?
Trump is asked, Who are you going to believe—the Russians or your own officers? And he refused to choose! Do you support your troops or Putin — and he wouldn't choose! So my first thought goes out to those who serve this country— I'm so sorry the Commander-in-Chief is a traitor.