Published: Thu, July 19, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

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

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

Speaking at the White House ahead of a meeting with Republican lawmakers, Trump said, "The sentence should have been, "I don't see any reason why I wouldn't, or why it wouldn't be Russia" instead of 'why it would'".

"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".

At the press conference Trump failed to challenge Putin over the 2016 presidential election, seeming to accept at face value the strongman's denial that Moscow interfered in a bid to undermine Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

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The senator also made the point that Russian Federation is not the only one to spy on other countries. "A lot of people out there".

He added, "My personal view: the Russians are at [it] again".

But during much of the 45-minute press conference, Trump showed great deference and leniency to the Russian strongman; he has not tried to walk back those comments, doubling down Wednesday on his assertion the Putin summit was a "success."

"We have to ask ourselves, what would've caused the president, who's not prone to correcting himself publicly, to go out 26 hours later", Townsend said.

Even one of his most loyal Republican supporters, Newt Gingrich, said the comments were the "most serious mistake of his presidency".

"This has to be recognized for what it is, which is simply an effort to clean up the mess he made yesterday, which is beyond the capacity of any short statement to fix", said Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the Intelligence Committee in the House of Representatives.

KIRO Radio's Dori Monson could have a new career in store as a speech-writer for President Trump.

Last week, national intelligence director Dan Coats said that warning lights about overall cyber threats to the United States were "blinking red", much like "blinking red" signals warned before the 9/11 attacks.

"The president. was saying "No" to answering questions", White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said at a news briefing later.

We will continue to update this story.

In the brightest worldwide spotlight side by side with the foreign leader he has most admired for his toughness, Donald Trump looked weak and submissive, incapable of expressing any sort of righteous indignation at even the most blatant bad behavior by Russian Federation.

That is going to be hard for numerous president's critics to swallow, however.

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