On trade, another sticking point, the leaders agreed they would "fight protectionism including all unfair trade practices and recognize the role of legitimate trade defense instruments in this regard".
Schiff did add that the ceasefire in Syria meant the meeting "wasn't a total loss", but that it was one on cybersecurity. "It was very clear that he made his position felt, and after a very substantive dialogue on this, they agreed to move on to other discussions".
The notion of a U.S. -Russia cyber security team prompted scorn and snark aplenty on Twitter.
"Vladimir Putin. got away with literally trying to change the outcome. of our election".
The US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, meanwhile, told CNN that Putin was not to be believed. The German government summoned reinforcements to confront the estimated 100,000 protesters expected to converge on Hamburg for the summit's final day. We're going to have a talk now and obviously that will continue.
He added, "This whole idea about moving forward without punishing Russia is undercutting his entire presidency".
"He raised many questions on the issue", Mr. Putin said, according to Sputnik. He argued variably that it could have been Russia, probably was Russia and indeed was Russia, while insisting it could have been other countries, too, and adding: "I won't be specific".
"The president opened the meeting by raising the concerns of the American people regarding Russian interference in 2016 election". Everybody knows that they're not just meddling in the United States' election.
Pressed again later in the same news conference by reporters about what precisely Trump had told him, Putin said: "He started to ask pointed questions, he was really interested in particular details".
"The Trump that you see on TV is very different than the real Trump", Putin said.
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, who said on ABC's This Week with George Stephanopoulos that the cyber security unit is a "significant accomplishment" for the President, declined to answer directly when asked if Trump accepted Putin's denial of election interference.