Poll shows how Americans reacted to Trump’s ‘disastrous’ summit with Putin

18 July, 2018, 10:22 | Author: Nicole Aguilar
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Trump stunned the world by shying away from criticizing the Russian leader for Moscow's actions to undermine the election and cast doubt on US intelligence agencies, prompting calls by some USA lawmakers for tougher sanctions and other actions to punish Russia.

Rosenstein said he briefed Trump about the indictment before Friday's announcement and that the timing was determined by 'the facts, the evidence, and the law'.

"I've said this many times", Trump said, reading from the written statement.

"I have great confidence in my intelligence people", he added, "but I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today".

Meanwhile, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio said, "it's what I wish he would have said initially, and I'm glad he said it now".

President Donald Trump said Tuesday he accepts the conclusion by USA intelligence agencies that Russian Federation interfered in the US presidential election, marking a rare reversal from comments just a day earlier.

All four members of Maine's congressional delegation criticized President Trump for again downplaying and casting doubt on Russia's interference in the 2016 election during his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on Monday.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell issued strong words of support for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies that Trump had criticised during an alliance summit days before his meeting with Putin.

He also complained that coverage of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit was inaccurate, insisting that he had not been "insulting" toward USA allies. "And we have every reason to believe Vladimir Putin will do so again".

"I don't mean to make everything person, I know so much about Russian politics because of my father", she said of dad John McCain.

Blasted for questioning the findings of US intelligence agencies that Russian operatives had meddled in the election - also a subject of more than two dozen indictments by the Department of Justice - Trump seemed more open to the intelligence findings, but continued to qualify his remarks.

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"The bottom line: Russian Federation is not our ally", he said.

"You know, Russian Federation and the United States control 90% of the nuclear weapons in the world and getting along with Russian Federation - and not only for that reason - it's a good thing, not a bad thing", he said.

The US president was also asked whether he held Russian Federation accountable on any particular issue.

He declined to offer specific criticism, but said: "I think we've all been foolish".

"We have no time limit. I think we are all to blame".

That assertion is not supported by known intelligence.

Top administration officials have accepted this conclusion, such as former Central Intelligence Agency director Mike Pompeo who is now Mr Trump's secretary of state.

He also denied that his campaign had colluded in the effort and maintained that Russia's action had no impact on the result.

Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan said there was no doubt Russian Federation had meddled in U.S. elections and that Mr Putin "does not share our values".

Finnish police said Husseini was removed from the room at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki and detained for interrupting the packed event, which was being covered live.

"Could be other people also", Trump said.

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