While U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir declared during a joint press conference on Monday that their one-on-one discussion was \u0022successful and useful,\u0022 Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) denounced the two leaders\u0026#039; public appearance \u0026nbsp; as \u0022an embarrassing spectacle\u0022 and ripped Trump in particular for failing to \u0022make clear that interference in our elections is unacceptable.\u0022\u0022Trump instead accepted Putin\u0026#039;s denials and cast doubt on the conclusions of our intelligence community,\u0022 Sanders wrote on Twitter as the White House lauded the Finland summit as \u0022constructive.\u0022\u0022Today is a good day for Putin and the oligarchs in Russia,\u0022 Sanders added. \u0022It is a bad day for people in the United States and all over the world who believe in democracy and who are trying to understand what world our idiot president lives in.\u0022President Trump’s press conference with Putin was an embarrassing spectacle. Rather than make clear that interference in our elections is unacceptable, Trump instead accepted Putin’s denials and cast doubt on the conclusions of our intelligence community. This is not normal.— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) July 16, 2018Today is a good day for Putin and the oligarchs in Russia. It is a bad day for people in the United States and all over the world who believe in democracy and who are trying to understand what world our idiot president lives in.— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) July 16, 2018Asked if he believes Putin\u0026#039;s insistence that he did not meddle in the 2016 presidential election over the conclusions of American intelligence agencies, Trump highlighted the Russian president\u0026#039;s \u0022extremely strong and powerful\u0022 denials and said he can\u0026#039;t \u0022see any reason why\u0022 Russia would want to interfere in U.S. elections.\u0022They said they think it\u0026#039;s Russia,\u0022 Trump said. \u0022I have President Putin; he just said it\u0026#039;s not Russia.\u0022It\u0026#039;s one thing not to believe U.S. intelligence. It\u0026#039;s quite another to accept a self-interested denial from Putin at face value.— Spencer Ackerman (@attackerman) July 16, 2018This x 100 https://t.co/QbGSvMyTr5— Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) July 16, 2018As Common Dreams reported last week, Sanders called on Trump to use the Finland summit to confront Putin over his alleged role in election meddling—a demand that came just hours after 12 Russian military officers were indicted for \u0022conspiring to interfere with the 2016 presidential election.\u0022While Trump claimed that he and Putin spent a \u0022great deal of time\u0022 on Monday discussing the topic of election interference, Sanders concluded that the U.S. president\u0026#039;s \u0022pathetic performance\u0022 at Monday\u0026#039;s presser indicates that the two-hour meeting behind closed doors produced little substance.