There has been a barrage of criticism in the U.S after President Donald Trump defended Russia over claims of interference in the 2016 elections.

At a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Finland, Trump contradicted U.S intelligence agencies, saying Russia had no reason to meddle.

The top Republican in congress, house Speaker Paul Ryan, said Trump must see that Russia is not the U.S ally.

The U.S and Russian presidents, yesterday held nearly two hours of one-on-one talks without their advisers in the Finnish capital Helsinki.

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