Members of the Republican Party and even Fox News hosts called out Trump for siding with Putin.
Warner said, “We know that Russians and their agents manipulated social media ways that literally [contacted] hundreds of millions of Americans with mostly fake information distributed by fake accounts”.
Trump walked back his comments after top Republican congressional leaders implicitly criticized Trump’s initial remarks in Finland.
McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan, who called Russia’s government “menacing”, said their chambers could consider additional sanctions on Russian Federation. “Putin. just said it’s not Russian Federation”.
Republican Senator Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said congressional leaders were searching for the most effective response. Corker accused Trump of giving the impression that America was a weak nation, a pushover.
Trump faced fiercer criticism from US lawmakers – including some Republicans – who said he failed to hold Putin accountable for Russian actions such as what U.S intelligence agencies said was a campaign of interference in the 2016 USA election.
He tweeted Wednesday: ‘Some people HATE the fact that I got along well with President Putin of Russian Federation.
The interpreter, Marina Gross, was the only other American present in the private meeting between Trump and Putin, who was also joined by an interpreter. When asked the question Wednesday, he answered “no”, a reply that put him sharply at odds with recent public warnings from his own intelligence chief.
Like Swalwell, Democratic leadership in both the House and Senate have tried to tamp down calls for Donald Trump’s impeachment and most Democratic candidates have shied away from using it as a campaign issue in the 2018 national election.
Nothing’s changed, Trump has claimed to accept the conclusion of our intelligence agencies before, only to nearly immediately cast doubts on their loyalty and professionalism.
Still, Canadian officials were hard at work trying to get a better sense of what was said during the two-hour, closed-door meeting between Putin and Trump – and what ramifications, if any, the discussion would have for Canada.
A White House officials says that the words he used in Tuesday’s comments were his own.
A Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted after his news conference with Putin found that 55 percent of registered United States voters disapproved of his handling of relations with Russian Federation, while 37 percent approved. Trump also wants Iranian militias out of Syria.
REPORTER: President Putin denied having anything to do with the election interference in 2016.
After Trump congratulated Putin on the successful staging of the World Cup in Russian Federation, the Kremlin boss tossed him a tournament football in a slightly strained attempt to lighten the mood after a barrage of questions about Syria and meddling. Instead of Trump forcing Russian Federation to stop interference in USA elections, an interference that Americans are in consensus that it happened and might happen again soon in November, he tried to whitewash Russian Federation in a step that backfired badly, and that might cost the president politically.
At their Helsinki meeting a day earlier, 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 the Democrat Hillary Clinton.
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