'Defended a Tyrant': McCain, GOP Lawmakers Rip Trump Over 'Tragic' Putin Summit

'Defended a Tyrant': McCain, GOP Lawmakers Rip Trump Over 'Tragic' Putin Summit

'Defended a Tyrant': McCain, GOP Lawmakers Rip Trump Over 'Tragic' Putin Summit

Russian President Vladimir Putin praised U.S. leader Donald Trump as well-informed and a good conversationalist after a summit in Helsinki.

Trump said the Federal Bureau of Investigation arrived at a DNC office one day in 2016 after it was alerted about the email theft, but Clinton campaign manager "John Podesta threw them out of the office and said, 'get out of here'".

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., a frequent critic of the president, offered a blistering take on Trump's meeting with Putin, calling it "one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory".

When Carlson asked Trump whether Russian Federation is the "chief adversary" of the U.S., Trump deflected and said he is more concerned with getting a productive dialogue going rather than putting labels on each other.

"Russia as a state has never interfered with the internal affairs of the United States, let alone its elections", Putin told Fox News' Chris Wallace in an interview that aired Monday evening.

Mr Gingrich called the president's comments "the most serious mistake of his presidency" while Mr Corker said the remarks made the U.S. "look like a pushover".

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At their meeting in Helsinki on Monday, 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. "I have great confidence in my intelligence people", Trump said when asked who he believed, "but President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today". "He just said it's not Russian Federation".

He also accused past American leaders, rather than Russia's destabilising actions in the USA and around the world, for the souring of relations between two countries.

And while Trump's tried-and-true base will stick by him, most voters won't easily forget watching the president get his hat handed to him by none other than Vladimir Putin, the former KGB agent and now head of the Evil Empire.

"There are a number of things that were said that I think really make us wonder what [Trump's] role is with the Russians and frankly what the Russians expect out of him", Albright said.

But while the USA leader expressed his "full faith and support for America's great intelligence agencies", he insisted that "Russia's actions had no impact at all on the outcome of the election".

"We're doing everything in our power to prevent Russian interference in 2018", the president said. She is among the most Trump-friendly Democrats in the Senate, but also rejected the president's performance and acknowledged Russian interference in the election. "So just to repeat it, I said the word would instead of wouldn't", Trump told reporters.

A Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted after his news conference with Putin found that 55 percent of registered US voters disapproved of his handling of relations with Russian Federation, while 37 percent approved.

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