You had a feeding frenzy by the sharks, telling Trump that unless he brought Fiona Hill along into the room, who is critical of Putin, unless he told Putin this, that, and the other, unless he read him the riot act, that Putin would win.
US intelligence agencies say Russia carried out a historic effort to interfere with American democracy last year, and will attempt to again. They were successful in many ways.
GEIST: Katie, there's no moving forward really when you have two congressional investigations and Bob Mueller special counsel looking at it. But just to go back to this line from the tweet just a few minutes ago from President Trump, as Chuck said: "I've already given my opinion".
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin declined to say if President Trump accepted Russian President Vladimir Putin's denial of election interference during the two leaders' face-to-face meeting at the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany.
A senior Trump administration official immediately denied that Trump accepted Putin's claim of non-interference. Nile Gardiner, a foreign policy analyst for the conservative Heritage Foundation, which has close ties to the Trump White House, praised the president as "the most outspoken and unconventional U.S. president of modern time" and said he is still managing to articulate a "coherent doctrine and vision".
Perhaps the most important modern-day problem - for individuals, corporations and governments - is cybersecurity.
The New York Times said on Sunday that Trump's associates met with the Kremlin-linked lawyer after being promised damaging information about Hillary Clinton. "He vehemently denied it". Less public berating of allies, no pushing to the front of photo opportunities. I'm not sure why this is true, or which part of Trump's psychological profile explains it. But he has long admired the Russian dictator, whom he has praised repeatedly and never criticized.
However, sanctions were not part of the discussion, the US president said. Having met his Russian counterpart, the president must shape his strategy and appropriate tactics to deal with, deter, and contain the Russian in future. Throughout history there were numerous famous gatherings such as the Congress of Vienna (1814-1815), Congress of Berlin (1878) or Versailles Conference (1919) following the end of the World War I. If significant results ensued these events, they were either decided beforehand by lower level diplomats or during the conferences, with only a tiny group of leaders forging out the important clauses and other details. This further limited any leverage he may have had left to credibly confront Putin on the hacking issue.
The administration has said the President made a "robust" effort to raise the issue of Russian election interference in his talks with the Russian president. "But you keep those that you don't trust closer, so that you can always keep an eye on them".
Trump then raised eyebrows by revealing on Twitter earlier Sunday that they had discussed forming an "impenetrable Cyber Security unit so that election hacking, & many other negative things, will be guarded and safe".
After a weekend of criticism of President Donald Trump 's tweeted plan to create a cybersecurity unit in cooperation with Russia, the president posted on Twitter late Sunday U.S. time that he actually didn't think it would happen.
"As President I wanted to share with Russia (at an openly scheduled W.H. meeting) which I have the absolute right to do, facts pertaining to terrorism and airline flight safety", he wrote.
The top diplomats from the U.S. and Russia emerged from a two-hour and 15-minute meeting with their heads of state on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany with differing accounts of the much anticipated exchange. There was nothing prepared in advance: The U.S. national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, said last week that there was "no specific agenda - it's really going to be whatever the president wants to talk about".
President Trump's ill-considered decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement puts the future of our entire planet at risk.
GEIST: And with the Polish president bringing up the failure of WMD with our intelligence community, recalling that for the world. "He heard his answer and he moved forward with places that they thought they could work together".