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in the meeting if someone were in the room. why would you want to raise those kind of suspicions in the context of this meeting, number one. number two, vladimir putin has been essentially the head of russia for 20 years and before that, 16 years experience as a kgb agent. i think in terms of experience, skill, it's an overmatch. >> and putin wants relief from the sanctions be, which he shouldn't get. he wants the president to endorse the annexation of crimea. >> if i were the baltics i'd be concerned about this, they're russian speaking they should be part of the old russian empire. i think what the president hasn't grasped is putin is an enemy of democracy. but i think president trump has a strategy, and it's going back
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to balance of power politics of the 18th century where he sees three big powers, the united states, russia and china, and he's one of the strong men, not go by rule of law but law of rule, that's something that's his goal, he's trying to dismantle wto, nato, eu, any kind of multi-lateral organization he sees this as little pugss trying to tie down the giant. >> we regarded the president of the united states as the leader of the free world since world war ii as the leader of those states and countries that were open to democracy and international rules and we've abdoe indicated this position. it's an extraordinary turn of events and one we need to pay a lot of attention to. >> it's pretty extraordinary. you've worked with the intelligence community, you were
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secretary of defense. if you read this indictment, the specific details, names, times, plac places, all the stuff that the u.s. intelligence community came up with to indict three senior russian military operatives with their names, middle names and last names, and then to release it publically, that's extraordinary. >> it is extraordinary. but we have extraordinary capability. you might remember we were able to identify the specific building in china where they were launching digital attempts to gather information on the united states. so we have an enormous capability and it doesn't surprise me at all -- >> and it lends power to the allegations. i think the intelligence community, justice department wanted to leave no doubt that, in fact, we had the goods on the guys. >> how's putin going to respond? >> he'll deny. it'll be the same kind of response he's had to the whole series of steps he's taken of a
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hostile nature against the united states. until he's confronted with a position of strength with demands he respond in an appropriate way to each of the steps, he'll continue to deny. >> the president continues to say it's a rigged witch hunt. >> the president should say president putin you can deny this, but my intelligence community, now a grand jury has concluded that these people have been involved in our hacking into our system trying to alter things, whether they were successful or not is not being resolved at this point. number two, i need to have you understand, if you do this again, there are going to be more consequences. you get no relief of the sanctions that we imposed as a result of crimea and trying to destabilize ukraine, and trying to destabilize the baltics as well. so no we can't have a better relationship until you change your behavior.
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i would like to have a relationship with russia, they're powerful and important. >> knowing today what the president news because he had been briefed by the justice department, he still said today there'll be no perry mason moment. putin needs to be confronted on this. >> any chance putin could cancel. >> depending on what the united states does. it doesn't look like we're going to take any action between now and then. >> it only benefits him. we have legitimized kim jong-un, and we'll legitimize vladimir putin. if he wants to retaliate against us he might cancel but i think it works to his advantage. >> essentially what he's seeking here. this will all work to the achievement and advancement of
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russian goals, divide politics in our country, zoe discord, i think it's all to his advantage so i wouldn't do the meeting, is absolution. >> they want to sow decent here. our special coverage continues right now with annia right now with anninnakay brer . >> new indictments in the russia investigation. just moments ago, deputy attorney general, rod rosenstein dropped a bombshell announcing 12 military officers have been diet di indicted for trying to interfere with the election. >> 11 defendants are charged with trying to hack into
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computers, steal documents and release those documents with the intent to interfere in the election. one of those defendants and a 12th military russian officer are charged with trying to infiltrate computers of organizations involved in administering elections, including state boards of election, secretaries of state, and companies that supply software used to administer elections. remember in july 2016, the president goaded russia to hack into hillary clinton's e-mails. here's a reminder. >> russia, if you're listening, i hope you're able to find the 30,000 e-mails that are missing. >> well, incredibly, according to this indictment, russian hackers were listening and they acted, targeting clinton's e-mails for the very first time just hours after trump dared them to do it. important to note in the context
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of trump sitting down with putin. that the 12 defendants were acting as part of their capacity as part of the russian intelligence agency, the gru. evan, what can you tell us about the indictment? >> this indictment has a lot of great detail, incredible detail. it lists the names of these russian military officers, it lists the units they worked for inside the gru, which is the russian military agency -- military intelligence agency. and it goes into great detail into what was an orchestrated campaign using computer servers around the world, using cryptocurrency to try to hide the attacks. but it appears the u.s. intelligence agencies had a window and they could see who they were trying to communicate, and the computers they werele using as they tried to hack the
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democratic national campaign committee, members of the hillary clinton campaign, and they tried to disseminate those stolen e-mails through a number of places, one, of course, is wikileaks, which is not named in the indictment, but we know based on the circumstances that is what they're talking about when the indictment talking about the organizations that were being used to spread some of these e-mails. as you mentioned the president is going to be sitting down with the russian leader in a couple days, we know from the presidnt and the russians themselves they say they didn't have anything to do with it. this indictment gives the president a lot of ammunition to say we know who did it, where they are, and we would like you to turn them over so they can face justice in the united states. we don't know if the president will be inclined to do that. >> evan perez, thank you for
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that update. joining us now, paul cowen. these are 12 russians, members of the intel community in russia. will they ever see their day in court here in america? >> they are high ranking members in the e kwquivalent of the rus cia, it's called the gru over there. will they see their day in court? it's hard to say. certainly russia won't extradite them. but it'll impact their travel into countries with an extradition treaty with the united states. the u.s. can also use its financial system to make sure they don't use u.s. banking and other things that people rely on, even from foreign countries. so there's a penalty to be paid.
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>> this key moment during the campaign when mr. trump, then candidate trump called on russia to find hillary clinton's e-mails and now according to this indictment, that very night these russians attempted to spear fish her e-mails, quote, for the very first time. what do you make of that? >> that is a remarkable coincidence. trump defenders have always said that statement was just the president joking or the presidential candidate joking, he didn't really mean it. but to see that the russians actually began this spear fishing operation, spear fishing occurs when they infiltrate your computer and try to get you to open an e-mail that has something in it that allows computer contents in it to be copied. so they begin is it spear fishing right after the says russia should be looking into this. >> could that spell legal
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trouble for the president? even if if it wasn't intentionally or directly coordinated? >> i think his problem is political not legal. that wouldn't be a crime for him to say such a foolish thing, unless he was in cahoots with the russians. one of the things missing from the new indictment is there are no american citizens listed in these indictments -- >> and, in fact, there is a point made within the announcement of this indictment that there were no americans in this indictment facing any allegations of a crime. it does say that americans were contacted by these russian actors, but there is no evidence that those americans knew they were russian officials. >> that's right. i think trump supporters are going to say this is just another indication that there's no actual link to the trump campaign. yes, the russians were trying to interfere in the election but the trump campaign had nothing to do with it. >> does it clear any of the members? >> no, it doesn't clear anything. one thing we have to remember is we don't know the scope of the
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mueller investigation. we don't know what evidence they have that's going to be revealed in the future. right now we're up to, i think, 25 russians under-indictment for tampering with the u.s. election. that's a substantial amount of tampering going on. it shocks me that the president would meet with putin, given that the top operatives in the gru unit are spying on the united states hacking with computers. that usually would break a presidential summit, not have one continue. with me now is a democratic congressman who's been calling on the president to cancel his meeting with president putin. thank you so much congressman cohen for being with us. what is your reaction to this indictment? >> i think robert mueller and his team have done an outstanding job. this was a difficult investigation to go back and find the exact hackers, where
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they were from. they used many ways to try to hide the payments and hide the sources and make it appear it was guccifer. robert mueller is to be commended. it means we are at war with russia. russia is not a competitor, russia is a foe. there's no difference between what happened hacking computers and getting information and using it than going into the watergate and burglarizing the democratic national committee's headquarters and using that information. this is parallel. the russians have interfered with our elections, they committed a crime, they are a foe. the president should not look at them as a competitor we need to get close r to. >> so now you and other democrats are calling on president trump to cancel this summit with putin.
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what would that accomplish? >> i don't think there's anything the summit can accomplish right now. putin has consistently said i was not involved in the hacking of your computer, your involvement in your elections, and the president has said i believe him when he says that. well, the president can't believe putin, putin is a notorious liar. once kgb, always kgb. he has lied about so much. i met with russians just last week in a bilateral meeting between american congress people and the douma members. i was frustrated with the douma members lying about the plane being shot down, and saying it was only social media and there were no facts. when they said come out with direct links. they denied the deaths of 207 people. they denied the killings, that
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there are higher ups. we know it wasn't just chech unanimouses. for the president to meet with a liar he cannot do it in any foundation of accepting what he has said. he happens as untrust worthy as kim jong-un. >> we know the president was briefed on this indictment earlier this week and here's what he's been saying about putin. >> he's a competitor, he's representing russia, i'm representing the united states. in a sense we're competitors. not a question of friend or enemy. he's not my enemy. i know you'll ask will we be talking about meddling? i will absolutely bring that up. i don't think you'll have any, i did it, i did it, you got me, there won't be a perry mason here, i don't think. you never know what happens. but i will absolutely firmly ask the question. >> the president also continues
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to call this a witch hunt. if he meets with putin, doesn't cancel the summit and putin continues to deny russia's election meddling, which you expect, what should president trump's response be? >> president trump's response should be we know you did it, we want you to turn the 12 people in russia over to us to be tried, they'll have a presumption of innocence to see if they can interfere with our elections and if they did, they should have justice meted out to them. if he refuses to do that, he should end the summit and take off. this was an act of war, interferences in our election, burglarizing the computers of the dnc and mr. podesta and ms. clinton are acts of war and implemented to affect the outcome of the election. this is not a competitor. he doesn't represent russia and we don't represent the united states. he is our foe, he's an enemy, he's a crook.
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he's responsible for the gru, the gru answers to him. he should just as well have been indicted. >> thank you for your time -- >> let me give you something here. i said something at the hearings yesterday about purple hearts, which another network named for a four legged animal has made a big deal about. i regret using the term purple heart, i never thought purple heart should have been given to agent is to sic. they are strong units defending america and these indictments prove it once again. >> do you think the democrats are to blame for the politicization of the mueller investigation at this point? >> i don't think so. the democrats have been supportive of protecting mueller. i have a resolution, we have 184 signatures on it to protect him from being fired and all
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democrats have signed onto it, other than walter jones of north carolina, we're trying to protect him and see the investigation goes according to the facts and the truth comes out. all of these efforts with lisa page and peter strozk are trying to show bias, and what mueller comes out with is wrong, and people that listen to the four legged animal station, will listen to it and won't believe it. the president knows there's bad news coming down the line with the russia investigation with his involvement, his family's involvement and his campaign's involvement that he's sowing seeds not to be listened to. the president does something he isn't known for doing today, apologizing after he trashed
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welcome back, i'm annika brer a in new york. more breaking news on the indictments of dozens of russians for interference in the election. i'm john ber man live in london with coverage of the president's third day in the united kingdom. he's on his way to scotland after he had tea with queen
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elizabe elizabeth. thousands of brits are boiling over on the streets of london protesting his presence in their nation. and adding to the fuel of the president bamming theresa may. this went public as the president was at a joint dinner. in statements today, the president denied criticizing the prime minister minutes before apologizing for that krcriticis listen to what the president had to say. >> she's a very smart, very tough, very capable person. i would much rather have her as my friend than my enemy. i said i want to apologize when i saw her. fortunately we tend to record stories now. i would say i give our relationship, in terms of grade, the highest level of special. boris johnson, i think would be
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a great prime minister. i did give her a suggestion, i wouldn't say advice, and i think she found it maybe too brutal. >> that's your decision. whatever you're going to do is okay with us. just make sure we can trade together, that's all that matters. i think it's been bad for europe. i'll say it and say it loud. and i think they better watch themselves because you are changing culture. it was testy at the beginning but at the end everyone came together. i think i would have a good relationship with president putin if we spent time together. i don't think we'll have any i did it, i did it, you got me. but you never know what happens. this was an obama disaster. if i were president then he would not have taken over crimea. look up dr. john trump at mit, he was my uncle, many years a professor. >> reporter: let's focus on the united kingdom for a moment.
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kate, it's interesting, our reporting is behind the scenes the president apologized, basically, to the british prime minister, we heard him do it there. that is not something you hear from president trump nearly ever. this follows the interview where we criticized her for her brexit strategy and basically endorsed boris johnson saying he would be a great prime minister. did he clean up the damage? >> it's rare you get an apology from donald trump, i don't think he can clean up the damage completely. the article in the "sun" that was it, that was damaging. the president of the united states saying the special relationship is in some kind of crisis or pier because of the trade. he tried to walk it back but he
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didn't quite do it. >> it looked like he blinked. is there any way theresa may can claim some kind of win here? >> i think after the interview came out overnight in which he was seen as bashing the prime minister, the fact that he came out and said, look, i apologize to her and called portions of his own interview fake news, which was a bit confusing to everybody, i think yes, she comes out looking slightly less weakened if you will, but she is politically weakened, her brexit secretary resigned, she's holding a razor thin edge in parliament here. she's very fragile, politically, if you will. i think as a result of this news conference, she comes out looking like maybe this is a political win for her, but it was a 180. that "sun" tabloid interview was
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stunning, and we all got whiplash when he started lavi lavishing praise on the prime minister, calling her terrific, tough, a great negotiator and i'd rather be her friend than her enemy. so he dialled it back and then some. i believe this was an effort in damage control. >> he claims he did not criticize her in that article, he did. >> he said, that's why you record these things. the "sun" recorded the interview and put out some of the audio recordings. >> it's interesting because there were people in london saying this was a chance for a love actually moment where theresa may could go out and chide the president of the united states publically. she didn't do that. but she did draw lines, take immigration, which the president has been explosive speaking dog whistle damage, saying europe is losing its culture and it's
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changing the fabric here. she said, i don't see that. it's been good. >> mrs. may would not come out the way donald trump does to talk about immigration. but in the uk immigration is a hot topic, it was a big part of the brexit debate p. but it's not spoken about in the same terms that donald trump has brought to america. i think people in the uk recognize it's been a wonderful thing not just for london but the entire united kingdom. i think it's right that she pushed back there. i think she came across well today, she came across strong. the biggest problem for her despite his explosive language, and it is explosive, donald trump has revealed a weakness in her brexit strategy. >> you used the world explosive, that was the president's approach in brussels with nato, he dropped a bomb and claimed
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nato is stronger than ever. he came in here dropped a bomb in the interview and now claiming that the special relationship is more special than ever. is it? >> look, once the uk brexit's its most special relationship will be with the eu. that's its most important trading partner. it's important for the uk to stay on the right side of donald trump, so rolling out the red carpet at the palace, tea with the queen, the love fest at the news conference, but realistically and economically, the uk has to maintain a good relationship with the eu, this brexit will be a disaster for the country according to economists. so they're walking a tight rope here, having to figure out exactly what brexit will damage the economy least. >> i'm playing rewind in my head
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of everything that happened in the last three days now we have these indictments against the russians for interfering with the elections. theresa may said she welcomes the president going to meet with vladimir putin, but it's clear she would like to see the president confront him about russia aggression. >> a lot of people wanted the prime minister to confront donald trump so i think her saying she wants the president to confront vladimir putin, she's taking what's been put on her and putting it on the president. which makes a lot of sense. we want to see donald trump work with leaders around the world to keep america's safety at its best, no question about that. it's unrealistic to say he can completely cut russia's leader out of the equation altogether. but people will be watching out he goes into the meetings, they'll be seeing his decor rum and demeanor. >> i wonder if the president told theresa may what rod rosenstein told him before he
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came here. let's go back to you ana in new york. >> we just learned the president's delay on air force one may have something to do with pierce morgan speaking with the president before he leaves england. we'll get a readout on that hopefully sometime later today. coming up in the "newsroom," before today's indictment, the president opened up about his summit with vladimir putin, what he said he'll be telling putin about election meddling, next. ♪
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in the special counsel investigation. russian military officers are accused of trying to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, including hacking into the dnc, the dccc and the hillary clinton campaign. this announcement coming just three days before president trump's big sit down with russian president, vladimir putin. matthew chance joins us live from helsinki, what kind of reaction have you heard from russia, matt? >> it's interesting. there hasn't been any reaction as yet, even though i've been furiously texting my contact in the cell kremlin to try to get to respond to the 12 indictments of russian citizens, members of the gru, which is the military intelligence branch of the russian secret service, no
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response yet. but i've spoken to the russians for the past year or so about the allegations from the united states about russian meddling in the u.s. presidential election, the hacking, the distribution of the material that was hacked and so forth, and it's always been the same kind of response, which is categorical denial, even use the same terminology as president trump saying it's a witch hunt designed to undermine the credibility of the u.s. president who wants to build a better relationship with russia. so when the kremlin finally does respond to the latest indictments, i expect it's going to be something along the same lines. we're not expecting any kind of moment where the kremlin is going to hold up its hands, you got me, the evidence is compelling, we did this, that's not how they play. so the expectation here, unless president trump does an about
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turn and changes his stance towards these allegations of election meddling, that the expectation here is that this summit in less than three days from now, between president putin and president trump, is likely to go ahead. >> matthew chance, thank you. the big question still remains, though, is there an impact on this upcoming summit because of the indictment that we learned about today. thank you, matthew. coming up, the president today is overseas, he's been meeting with theresa may, the british prime minister as well as the queen. after an interview in which he slammed british prime minister theresa may calling it fake news. so if it didn't happen, why is he now apologizing to her? we'll talk to the journalist who interviewed the president next.
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i'm john berman, back live in london. president trump is denying that he criticized the british prime
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minister theresa may the day after a british tabloid published an interview with him which he did just that. the president holding a press conference alongside the prime minister this morning did say he apologized to her, as he was contrite behind the scenes but again denied he criticized her. listen. >> i didn't criticize the prime minister. i have a lot of respect for the prime minister i said tremendous things. i said very good things about her. she's a professional. when i saw her, i said i want to apologize because i said such good things about you. >> hours earlier this is what the president said to the "sun" about the prime minister's handling of brexit. >> i think the deal she's striking is not what the people voted on. it's a much different deal than the people voted on. it was not the deal that was in the referendum. >> that sounds like criticism. also it sounded like criticism when he said he told the prime
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minister what to do and she didn't listen to him. but the president now calls reporting of his own news on the record fake news. here's more again. >> as far as the advice, i did give her a suggestion. i wouldn't say advice. i think she found it maybe too brutal. >> but again, here's what he told the "sun" before that. >> i would have done it much differently. i actually told theresa may how to do it, but she didn't agree with -- she didn't listen to me. >> so the newspaper has released a statement defending its reporting. i'm now joined by the political editor of the "sun" tom newton dunn. pretty interesting to go to a news conference with donald trump isn't it? >> sure is. your guys get to do this every day of the week. >> we just had an incredible bolt of thunder and lightning here. also, the president, after you
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recorded the interview and wrote about it extensively, basically told you in front of the other reporters that you didn't get it right, what you reported was fake news and you didn't print what he said. >> i think i got what is known in the trade as cnn treatment, fake news. the audio, precisely what the president did or didn't say about theresa may has been on the website all day long. so yeah it was a little bit of a shock. interestingly we had this hour long extraordinary circus which i have come to understand is a regular press conference, held by your president, through another network said to me at the end of that, welcome to our world. toward the end of the press conference, there was the cut and thrust between us, i managed to shout out to the president that his criticism wasn't we misreported his criticisms of mrs. may it was just that we
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hadn't reported the nice things he said about mrs. may. >> which you did. >> we have. i said we have reported that, mr. president. which he said, okay, okay. did you do it in the headline. and on and on. >> the president denied they were criticisms. i had a chance to talk to you earlier today when you said you knew this interview, you had in your hands you had a wrapped up hand grenade. >> 12 wrapped up hand grenades, i think, but we had to run it in one edition. clearly we caught him in a good mood, a talkative mood, a combustive mood, i didn't expects it to blow apart the way it did. >> and he apologized. i mean, the fact that he apologized, what does that tell you about how he viewed what he said? >> i wonder whether he believed at any stage that there was
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anything wrong with our reporting whatsoever. there were a few caveats in the press conference, described us as gentlemen, and nothing with the particular report. it was a roller coaster of rage and then self-doubt. this is fascinating when you get hit with the fake news thing, it was my first time, just a tiny bit of self-doubt creeps in -- >> but you knew what he said, you knew what you reported. >> but he's the president of the united states. so when he does criticize you you go through your notes and you're like, no, i was right. it was 10, 15 minutes which he threw out the shaft, to distract from the diplomatic hand grenade he threw at theresa may. >> tom, newton, welcome to the club. >> thank you, fascinating to be
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the symbolic high point of the president's visit to england culminated in a trip to windsor castle and a visit with the queen. the trumps arrived by helicopter, then they rode into the castle grounds to greet queen elizabeth. their meeting only lasted a half hour. during the brief ceremony, the royal band played the u.s. national anthem. later the queen and trump took a
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walk to inspect the honor guard and then later this photo was taken in windsor castle, in the grand corridor. joining us is victoria arbiter, a cnn royal commentator with us here in new york. thank you, victoria, for helping us to digest what we just witnessed there in england. when you look at what happened today, the president was nervous because of the protests but certainly seems to be getting the royal treatment. >> he does. royal hospitality is a well-oiled machine, they know how to do this. the queen is the the question is weapon in terms of the government's soft diplomacy. the trumps left windsor castle with something memorable under his belt. the president says he likes the queen, and he was keen not to offend. >> do you think she's a big fan of him? >> i think she's curious. we'll never know what her true feelings are because as a
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nonpolitical head of state she's not allowed to share those feelings. she is used to meeting political figures, putin, assad. donald trump is the latest in the list of controversial figures. the fact that the meeting went over by 17 minutes indicates they were perhaps quite enjoying their tea together. >> she's met with every u.s. president except lbj since 1952. having to be mindful of the royal protocol, what are your observations? how did he and mainelania do? >> he didn't bow, she didn't courtesy. as a head of state, they're not required to bow and courtesy to the queen. a lot of people were worried he was going to do one of those long heavy duty handshakes. >> or a hug. >> or a hug, that would have been bad. glad he didn't ask for a selfie. the president hasn't tweeted about his meeting with the
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queen, that's very important, the royals don't like to have their information shared publicly. >> what stands out to me is when he was walking alongside her, and looks uncomfortable, maybe a humbling moment. >> interesting when you say a humbling moment. the queen is only 5'4", quite diminutive in stature, but she has an intimidating presence. i think that's what we saw with donald trump, he's usually the most confident man in the room, marches in and doesn't care who he offends. but he wanted to make sure he made his late mother proud. thank you for being with us. we'll have more on breaking news, the department of justice indicting 12 russian intelligence officers for hacking the dnc, just days before the president's face-to-face meeting with vladimir putin. now democrats are calling on the
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i'm jake tapper. we're beginning with the bombshell breaking news, deputy attorney general rod rosenstein dropping the stunning information this afternoon ahead of president trump's summit monday with russia's president vladimir putin. a grand jury indicted today 12 russian military intelligence officers for allegedly conspiring to interfere in the 2016 u.s. presidential election, specifically the effort was to hack into the systems of the democratic nationality committee and the campaign of hillary clinton, get information, and distribute that information to affect the election. it charges a sophisticated assault on the united states election by russian military officers working in their official capacities as government officials, presumably with the okay of russian president vladimir putin. an operation national security officials say could not have happened without his approval. let's begin with cnn's shimon