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Donald Trump returned late Monday from his European tour to face ire in Washington, where U.S. intelligence officials and senior Republicans were denouncing the president as "shameful" and "disgraceful" after he refused to challenge Russian leader Vladimir Putin over interference in American elections.

Kim Bum-soo has more.

U.S President Donald Trump says he got on well with Russian President Vladimir Putin at their summit in Finland and "big results will come".

On Tuesday, Trump appeared to walk back some of his comments in Finland, saying that he had full faith in the USA intelligence community shortly after tweeting that while he had a good meeting last week with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders, "I had an even better meeting with Vladimir Putin of Russian Federation".

Putin simply stated that he is glad that the Korean Peninsula issue is starting to be resolved.

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the fourth-ranking Republican in the House, said Trump "missed the opportunity" to deliver a stronger message to his Russian counterpart.

"Putin will take this as a green light to interfere in 2018, and it is".

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"President Trump's weakness in front of Putin was embarrassing, and proves that the Russians have something on the President, personally, financially or politically".

One of Trump's own Senators accused the President of making America look like "a pushover" by refusing to stand up to Putin.

While Maas urged more diplomatic contacts between Moscow and Washington, US media as well as lawmakers and former politicians from all camps pulled no punches on Trump, claiming his position during a summit bordered on treason.

"I do not believe that Russian Federation is a friend of the United States", McMorris Rodgers said.

John McCain of Arizona, who called Trump's remarks in Helsinki "one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory".

Sen. Thom TillisThere can not be any equivocation: Vladimir Putin is to blame for Russia's poor relations with the United States and the rest of the free world.

Schwarzenegger hit out at Trump for using the news conference to sell out the American intelligence community, justice system and the country. Jeff Flake also ripped Trump, saying he thought he would never "see the day" when an American president would blame America in part for "Russian aggression".

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