Republicans responding to Trump offer range of responses

Ruben Holloway
July 18, 2018

Trump, who had the opportunity to publicly rebuke Putin during the news conference in Helsinki, instead praised the Russian leader for his "strong and powerful" denial of the conclusions of us intelligence agencies that the Russian state meddled in the election. "I accept our intelligence community's conclusion that Russia's meddling in the 2016 election took place", he said.

It's become painfully hard to track exactly where we're at with the investigation into possible interference in the 2016 USA election by Russian Federation, given that something insane seems to happen every single day.

"For the president of the USA to side with President Putin against American law enforcement, American defence officials, and American intelligence agencies is thoughtless, dangerous, and weak", Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer said.

President Donald Trump's approval rating showed no change after what many saw as a disastrous summit with Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin.

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"My people came to me, [Director of National Intelligence] Dan Coats came to me and some others, they said they think it's Russian Federation. I will say this, I don't see any reason why it would be", Trump had said, in a remark that stunned listeners and provoked outrage, even from many Republicans.

"There is no question that Russian Federation interfered in our election and continues attempts to undermine democracy", Ryan said in a statement. Special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating any potential collusion between Trump campaign associates and the Kremlin.

"I have to say, I came back and I said". Instead, he denounced the "stupidity" of his own country's policy, especially the decision to investigate election interference following the findings of US intelligence agencies.

The president met with Russian leader Vladimir Putin in Finland Monday amid growing tensions between the two countries, specifically over interference in the 2016 election. "I think we need to go a little further than that".

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He also denied having "kompromat" or "compromising material" on Trump. "It's another situation when he has Putin right next to him and in theory can challenge him and voice the US's absolute rejection of what happened during the election, and yet he couldn't bring himself to do that". Americans are waiting and hoping for President Trump to embrace that sacred responsibility.

Flake said Tuesday the President threw "basically the whole country under the bus" with his comments and called it disgraceful and "shameful". He was USA ambassador to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and the State Department's third-ranking official under former President George W. Bush. Trump said: "We have 90 percent of the nuclear, and that's not a good thing, it's a bad thing".

"If you are asking to be the chief executive of this state, there is a responsibility of leadership to clearly articulate this nation's national security is at risk and this president did nothing to alleviate that", he said.

Pushed on why people should believe his rebuttal, Mr Putin demanded that those making the claim - which have included the U.S. intelligence community - provide proof.

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