Following a press conference during which Donald Trump appeared to side with Russian President Vladimir Putin rather than with the US intelligence community regarding Russian election meddling, political Twitter was awash with outrage.
Stephen Colbert devoted his opening monologue to President Donald Trump's Helsinki presser with Vladimir Putin - a performance "so weird, so disturbing it's really upset people across the partisan divide in ways I have not seen in years", Colbert said.
While taking questions from reporters in Finland on Monday, Trump repeatedly expressed doubts that Russian Federation interfered with the 2016 presidential election despite numerous indictments made by Special Counsel Robert Mueller and near unanimous opinion of the United States intelligence community.
"We have been clear in our assessments of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and their ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy", Coats said.
For his "A Closer Look" segment, NBC's Seth Meyers broke down Trump's news conference with Putin, saying the president delivered "one of the most surreal performances by a president in modern American history" and "twisted himself in knots to take Putin's side".
"U.S. -Russia relations remain at a historic low for one simple reason: Vladimir Putin is a committed adversary of the United States".
Tennessee Senator Bob Corker said Trump effectively gave Putin "a public approval by the greatest nation on Earth".
The charges against the Russians were filed by Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election as well as Russian collusion with Donald Trump's campaign team.
"President Trump proved not only unable, but unwilling to stand up to Putin", McCain said.
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Tchantouridze says former President Obama was too cautious in his dealings with Russian Federation, so this could produce different results. "We need to take measures to prevent this from happening again and to continue to hold Russian Federation accountable", Sullivan said in a statement.
Schumer said Trump's approach in Helsinki was unprecedented.
"I never thought I would see the day when our American President would stand on the stage with the Russian President and place blame on the United States for Russian aggression". "I think this is the beginning of the path". After his electoral victory, which caught even Trump by surprise, the president reluctantly acknowledged Russian meddling in the election - the unanimous consensus of the intelligence community - while in the same breath suggesting other countries could be responsible. Banks joined Fox News Radio's Guy Benson and Marie Harf to discuss Trump's meeting with Putin.
One of the more eye-opening criticisms of President Trump on Monday came from former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan.
"It is tempting to describe the news conference as a pathetic rout - as an illustration of the perils of under-preparation and inexperience".
"He told reporters Monday, "[Putin] gained a tremendous amount, it was nearly an approval if you will, a public approval by the greatest nation on Earth".
Ryan, the top Republican in the US House of Representatives, was tempered in his remarks but insisted that Trump "must appreciate that Russian Federation is not our ally".
"Not only did President Trump fail to speak the truth about an adversary; but speaking for America to the world, our president failed to defend all that makes us who we are-a republic of free people dedicated to the cause of liberty at home and overseas", McCain added.