IN politicians come to Coats' defense after Russian Federation summit — IN Focus

Trump, Casey said, "attacked and diminished our law enforcement officers and intelligence agencies on foreign soil in front of a hostile dictator and on matters directly relating to an attack on our nation".

In a tweet on July 23, Trump also said he and Putin "got along very well, which is a good thing", and accused what he called the "Corrupt Media" of putting a negative spin on the summit.

Fifty-six percent disapprove of Trump expressing doubts about USA intelligence agencies' conclusion that Russian Federation tried to influence the 2016 election.

Either the Trump campaign did collude with the Russians to perpetrate electoral fraud, in which case President Trump has committed treason, or it did not, in which case the President is placing his personal interest in countering challenges to the legitimacy of the election over the integrity of American democracy.

At the news conference following the private meeting, Trump also appeared to accept Putin's denials of trying to undermine the USA election, even though U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that Russian Federation did intervene.

Mr Trump has drawn strong criticism from both Republicans and Democrats over his initial reluctance to blame Russian Federation for alleged meddling in the 2016 USA elections that he won. Most of the responsibility falls on press secretary Sarah Sanders, who responded by saying, "obviously the president is talking about the collusion with his campaign. I think he's said it about 1,000 times".

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But the president appeared to again go full circle on the issue in a tweet Sunday night in which he questioned why Obama didn't take action against Russian Federation in 2016 if the USA government was aware of it and calling it out as a "big hoax".

Despite Republicans' lukewarm support for Trump's Helsinki performance, they express growing confidence in his ability to project USA strength around the world.

"The disconnect can not continue", Gowdy said on Fox News on Sunday (Monday NZT).

Partisans split in their ratings of Trump's meeting with Putin, but Republicans are less united in support for Trump than in other recent polls about his presidency.

Trump tweeted Monday: "A disgrace to America".

He also said while Trump's Putin antics may have played badly in the Acela corridor of the East Coast, they do not translate in flyover country. But Trump cast doubt once again in a Sunday tweet, diminishing at least the significance, if not the existence, of the interference and the US investigation into Russia's actions.

  • Sonia Alvarado