Republican Senator John McCain said Mr Trump's seeming acceptance of Mr Putin's denial was a historical "low point" for the United States presidency and the Helsinki summit between the two leaders a "tragic mistake". The same goes for members of and candidates for Congress from the Kansas and Missouri sides of the metro area. John Brennan, who served as Central Intelligence Agency director between 2013 and January 2017, called the president's comments "treasonous".
Donald Trump is an "American patriot", not a traitor to his country, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says. One official who spoke with the newspaper denied that Trump's remarks in Finland were autonomous. The front-runner for the Republican nomination in the race, Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, has Trump's endorsement. "But it is clear that the summit in Helsinki was a tragic mistake". She said Democrats should "move on".
One of the more over-the-top reactions - and that's saying something - was Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), who asked where "military folks" were. "In addition to his comments at the press conference, Putin again denied any Russian interference in the USA election in an interview with Fox News" Chris Wallace. His words there echoed his statement on Twitter.
However, the prime minister said he found the evidence for Russian interference in the United States elections "very compelling".
Facing withering bipartisan criticism over his refusal to publicly acknowledge Russian election meddling during his meeting with President Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump says the two superpowers "must get along".
"The president must appreciate that Russian Federation is not our ally", Ryan said.
Instead, he denounced the "stupidity" of his own country's policy, especially the decision to investigate election interference.
Senior Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said Mr Trump's answer on meddling "will be seen by Russian Federation as a sign of weakness". Jeff Flake of Arizona, a frequent Trump critic who is retiring. He responded negatively - and graphically - to the summit in a series of tweets.
The former CIA Director John Brennan deemed Trump's comments "nothing short of treasonous", the current Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats reiterated U.S. intelligence agencies' conclusion that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 USA election, and Republicans described Trump's performance as "shameful", "an absolute disgrace", and "moronic".
"Interference with the domestic affairs of the United States - do you really believe that someone acting from the Russian territory could have influenced the United States and influenced the choice of millions of Americans?". The Tuscon Congresswoman supported the president, for the most part.
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