Republicans and Democrats from both Idaho and Washington had strong words for President Trump's meeting in Helsinki Monday with Russian President Vladimir Putin, ranging from a blown chance to "horrifying and deeply alarming".
Trump called Putin earlier this year to congratulate him on his unprecedented fourth term as Russian president, despite criticism from both Democrats and Republicans that the Russian leader's electoral victory was through means less than fair. "Sure, on the one hand, Russian Federation messed with the U.S. by meddling in the elections, but on the other hand, America held elections, so they were asking for it".
Trump felt pressure to walk back the controversial remarks from his press conference with Vladimir Putin, White House insiders say.
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And Mr Putin accused the United Kingdom of making "ungrounded accusations" over the recent poisoning of ex-Soviet spy Sergei Skripal and three other people with the "novichok" nerve agent.
There was one Republican who was not here for Trump's shenanigans with Putin - Arizona Senator John McCain.
WHAT HAPPENED AT THE SUMMIT The highly anticipated summit on Monday saw Donald Trump questioning his own intelligence agencies' firm finding that Russia meddled in the 2016 U.S. election to his benefit, seeming to accept Russian President Vladimir Putin's insistence that Moscow's hands were clean. 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.
According to reports, apart from Putin and Trump, all members of the two countries' delegations, and Trump's wife were present at the news conference. "I think this is the beginning of the path". "Instead, what I saw today was not 'America First, ' it was simply a sad diminishment of our great nation", she said. "We have been clear in our assessments of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and their ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy, and we will continue to provide unvarnished and objective intelligence in support of our national security".
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"I strongly believe that today's hearing is just another victory notch in Putin's belt", he told members of the committees. Gowdy said, pointing out the pro-Hillary bias among other members of the investigative team who weren't booted from it.
I think we've all been foolish. Even the dictionary, always subtweeting the president, passive aggressively tweeted the meaning of patriot. Instead, he denounced the "stupidity" of his own country's policy, especially the decision to investigate election interference following the findings of USA intelligence agencies.
The Arizona Senator said: "Today's press conference in Helsinki was one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory".
Trump's comments also stunned some pundits on the president's favorite television channel: Fox News.
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