"Millions of Americans will continue to wonder if the only possible explanation for this risky behavior is the possibility that President Putin holds damaging information over President Trump". And joke about it these men did, in segments ranging from a few minutes long to several minutes long, with varying degrees of political insight and legitimately amusing comedy.
"They probably won't", Trump said. Like, you have the option to explore our opinions, if you so desire.
The president's comments came after he challenged the intelligence community's conclusion that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 presidential election during a joint news conference with Putin in Helsinki, Finland.
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But, insisting he had won the race fair and square, the Republican said: "I have President Putin, he just said it is not Russian Federation".
Trump's refusal to challenge Putin's denials of election meddling prompted an unusual response from the president's own director of national intelligence, Dan Coats, who reasserted his belief that Moscow attempted to influence the outcome of the 2016 election. "Not only were Trump's comments imbecilic, he is wholly in the pocket of Putin", the former Central Intelligence Agency head continued. And he said Trump and Putin "seemed to be speaking from the same script" as Trump made a "conscious choice to defend a tyrant".
Mr Trump said he was not convinced it was Moscow. Russia's political and media establishment heralded the summit as a victory for Putin in breaking down Western resolve to treat Russian Federation as a pariah.
After meeting privately with Putin for two hours in Helsinki, Trump said he held both the United States and Russian Federation responsible for the deterioration in relations between the two countries.
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Court papers unsealed, July 16, 2018, photographed in Washington, shows part of the criminal complaint against Maria Butina . The FBI is reportedly investigating Torshin for illegally funneling money to the NRA so as to aid Trump's 2016 campaign.
Pelosi also wants to force a vote on the House floor on a resolution rebuking Trump's remarks in Helsinki.
Republican lawmakers including House Speaker Paul Ryan, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce, and Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker all publicly criticised Trump for his performance.
Ryan's comments came after Trump said at a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin that he sees no reason why Russia would interfere in the USA election.
The New York Democrat says it is "thoughtless, unsafe and weak" for Trump to take Putin's word that Russian Federation didn't meddle in the 2016 USA elections.
"As our intelligence agencies have informed us, Russian Federation tried to interfere in our elections and the elections of our allies across the globe".
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he wouldn't critique Trump's appearance with Putin. The comments received strong criticism across the media world and even by some Republican members of Congress. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., called it "bizarre" and "flat-out wrong" for Trump to suggest that both countries are to blame for their deteriorated relationship.
Putin again on Monday denied his government interfered in the US vote. Brennan says, "It was nothing short of treasonous".