'Shameful': US lawmakers blast Trump over Putin summit

Geneva Stokes
July 18, 2018

Senior Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said Trump's answer on meddling "will be seen by Russian Federation as a sign of weakness". "Russia is not our enemy".

Trump's statements "amounted to an unprecedented refusal by a U.S. president to believe his own intelligence agencies over the word of a foreign adversary", CNN says. "There's a variety of things that he has done that he should be called out for", Crawford said. Most political observers agree that the majority of voters in 2018 won't be casting their ballots based on their feelings about Russian Federation and Trump's treatment of Putin - they'll be voting based on who they think can improve their lives in concrete ways.

"I think we've all been foolish".

'Now I know that it is the man that has changed the office'. "But unfortunately, that's kind of where we're at right now".

Similarly, Republican House Leader Paul Ryan was publicly at odds with Trump's statements during the Helsinki press conference.

On the other hand, supporters of Trump back his claim that he is merely trying to mend a broken relationship with Russian Federation, arguing that it's probably for the best that the two most aggressively nuclear-armed countries in the world try and get along. "I thank the fearless individuals in our intelligence community who work daily to keep America safe".

Politicians from both major parties and former intelligence officials appeared shocked, dismayed and uneasy with Mr Trump's suggestion he believes Mr Putin's denial of interfering in the 2016 elections. John Boozman of Rogers tweeted. "Russian Federation is not our friend". "They should not expect, however, to be misrepresented and abandoned by the President of the United States". We do think it's reckless to suggest at this point, as Democratic leaders did later Monday, that Russian Federation must have compromising info on our president.

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Cotton went on to say that these are not the actions of "a friend, an ally, or merely a nation with aligned interests".

Coats, a former IN senator, said his team has "been clear IN our assessments of Russian meddling" after Trump said he takes Putin at his "strong" words denying attempts to interfere IN the 2016 election.

"The answer is absolutely it is possible and maybe at some point it will be done", Trump said in regard to whether he will order the Federal Bureau of Investigation to seize and look at the server.

Donald Trump returned late on Monday from his European tour to face ire in Washington, where USA intelligence officials and senior Republicans were denouncing the president as "shameful" and "disgraceful" after he refused to challenge Russian leader Vladimir Putin over interference in American elections.

A spokesman for U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman of Hot Springs said the lawmaker had been traveling and that a statement was not yet available.

But the U.S. president found precious little support for his decision not to confront the Russian leader - on either side of the political aisle.

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