USA intelligence chief says no disrespect intended toward Trump

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But public reaction nationally appears more muted than in Washington, where Trump faced withering bipartisan criticism for appearing to side with Putin over United States intelligence agencies at a Monday news conference held in Helsinki.

A former national security adviser to President Barack Obama said Donald Trump's "national security team needs to know everything" about the lengthy one-on-one meeting he had with Vladimir Putin, calling the meeting a "historic mistake" and saying it would have been for any USA president. Mr. Trump walked back the statement the next day. White House officials have argued that Page, announced by the president in early 2016 as a foreign policy adviser, played only a minor role in the Trump campaign.

"I have President Putin; he just said it's not Russian Federation".

Republican US Senators Marco Rubio (L) and Lindsey Graham are seen in this combination photo from US Senate hearings on Capitol Hill in Washington, US on March 14, 2018 and on June 18, 2018 respectively.

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said his Thursday comments at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado were not meant to be critical of Mr. Trump's decision to invite Mr. Putin to a meeting in Washington later this year.

Trump clarified Tuesday that he has "full faith and support for America's great intelligence agencies" and has pledged to "repel" any future Russian efforts to interference in US elections.

Trump, who touched off a major political controversy with his embrace of Putin in Helsinki, Finland, accused the news media - which he again dubbed the "enemy of the people" - of distorting the summit and pining for a confrontation between the USA and Russian Federation.

More news: Trump says he 'misspoke' after Putin meeting, accepts Russian election meddling

Trump infamously said last week during a joint press conference with Putin in Helsinki that he was partial to Putin's denials.

"I think the issue is the degree and intensity with which they went after him", Spicer said of the media.

Fifty-six percent disapproved of Trump expressing doubts about the United States intelligence community's findings on Russian influence of the election during a press conference with Putin. Rand Paul, R-Ky., who defended Trump, every Republican lawmaker either criticized the president for his actions or sidestepped the president while affirming that Russian Federation is an adversary. Sen.

"OK. That's gonna be special", he said. I would have liked, Bret, for him to do what Chris Wallace, your colleague, did in his interview with President Putin.

In a series of combative Twitter posts Sunday, Trump declared that last Monday's summit with Putin, and their side-by-side news conference that drew bipartisan negative reviews, had been "GREAT".

The findings indicate that while Trump was judged critically for his summit performance, the event has not yet proved to be a significant turning point in his presidency. According to Putin, this idea has been endorsed by Trump, although it is entirely unclear how this can be squared with current USA sanctions against Russian Federation. I don't mind him dealing with Russian Federation, I just want to deal with Russian Federation from a position of strength. This much is true: Donald Trump has made it plain often enough that he wishes to improve relations with Russian Federation and to disregard all of the many points of contention between the two countries, not limited to Russia's role in his being elected president.

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