But the public was not entirely convinced after his submissive performance at his summit with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, a week ago.
On Tuesday, Maddow reported the White House “skillfully cut” from its video of the event Reuters reporter Jeff Mason asking Putin if he wanted Trump to win the 2016 presidential election.
The White House also made clear last week the president does not support the Russian leader’s proposal to allow his government to interview American officials in exchange for access to indicted Russians.
He also pushed back on allegations the Trump administration has been weak or subservient to Russian Federation over Ukraine or its meddling in the election.
Also Tuesday, House Republicans held a hearing on election security in which lawmakers criticized Russian interference and pointed to an indictment this month of 12 Russian intelligence officers.
Putin’s top foreign policy aide Yury Ushakov said that several days after the Helsinki meeting the Kremlin received a United States proposal to organise a new summit in Washington “at the end of the year”. He eventually vetoed it.
“We need all of our Republican colleagues to conduct oversight – not just use strong words”, said Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings, the top Democrat on the House oversight panel.
“A high number of open seats – the highest number of any post-war election save 1992 – give Democrats many more targets than the GOP”.
Putin acknowledged at the summit that he favored the then-Republican nominee because Trump “was the one who wanted to normalize relations with Russian Federation”, but has consistently maintained the Kremlin had no part in interfering in the election. “It all adds up to a genuinely Orwellian set of circumstances happening in the White House”.
“Whether it is with love or not, President Donald Trump’s relationship with Russian Federation has delivered a small blow to his already poor standing with the American people”, said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll. He’s also toyed with other conspiracy theories like Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s death was suspicious or Texas Sen. “A lot of people out there”. The White House later said the president was saying “no” to taking reporters’ questions and was not answering Vega’s question.
Eight days after the Helsinki summit, the backlash on US President Donald Trump is now felt on his approval numbers and leadership approach, according to a latest poll by Quinnipiac University.
‘Whether it is with love or not, President Donald Trump’s relationship with Russian Federation has delivered a small blow to his already poor standing with the American people, ‘ said Peter Brown, who conducted the poll. Trump has noted a range of topics he discussed with Putin, including Ukraine, but given no details of the talks.
Congress has struggled with a response to the Russian interference.
“We know the value of these ‘fateful declarations, ‘” she said.