"Shameful": Lawmakers Slam Trump For Uncritical Comments Towards Russia

"I think his base feels that it would have been rude and not productive to stand not six feet away from the president of Russian Federation and call him a liar", said Republican strategist Barry Bennett, a former Trump campaign adviser.

Former intelligence chiefs who served under then-president Barack Obama were scathing in their criticism of his remarks.

But Putin said Monday that he favored Trump in the election. Republican Patriots: "Where are you???" he tweeted.

"[Director of National Intelligence], Dan Coats came to me and some others".

CIA Director John Brennan. Sadly, President Trump did not defend America to the Russian president, and for the world to see. "It was fantastic and very, very disturbing". The United States is not to blame.

I am confident former CIA Director and current Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, DNI Dan Coats, Ambassador Nikki Haley, FBI Director Chris Wray, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and others will be able to communicate to the President it is possible to conclude Russian Federation interfered with our election in 2016 without delegitimizing his electoral success.

Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., the ranking member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, called the news conference a "disgrace".

"Trump declines to side with U.S. intelligence over Putin" blared a CNN chyron a little while later, as anchor Wolf Blitzer somberly declared the "Russians must be high-fiving each other" following the summit. "The best people to check him are not Democrats, but his fellow Republicans".

"No prior president has ever abased himself more abjectly before a tyrant", he continued.

House Speaker Paul Ryan delivered a strongly worded statement saying there's "no question" that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 presidential election.

"Russia has conducted a coordinated cyberattack on state election systems, and hacked critical infrastructure", he said.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis.

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Senator Jeff Flake, a fellow Republican and staunch critic of the president, labelled his performance "shameful".

Schumer also criticized Trump's statements that the U.S.is to blame for the current bad relationship with Russian Federation.

"Missed opportunity by President Trump to firmly hold Russian Federation accountable for 2016 meddling and deliver a strong warning regarding future elections", Graham tweeted.

The network's White House correspondent Jeff Zeleny was appalled that, instead of confronting Putin publicly, Trump brought up the Democratic National Committee servers - which the Federal Bureau of Investigation never inspected - as well as servers of House Democrats managed by Imran Awan, a Pakistani national who was recently convicted of wire fraud.

U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin leave after a press conference after their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, Monday, July 16, 2018.

And Putin refused to deny that Russian Federation had compromising information on Trump.

There were mixed reactions on Fox News Channel, whose commentators usually represent Trump's biggest supporters.

While standing next to Putin on Monday, Trump proceeded to attack special counsel Robert Mueller, blame the USA for the bad blood between the countries and allow Putin to lie about the interference.

At the opening of the joint press conference, Putin declared that "the Cold War is a thing of past, the era of acute ideological confrontation of the two countries is a thing of remote past, is a vestige of the past".

"What we actually got back from Putin quite publicly was, I would say, a rather subtle trolling".

  • Jon Douglas