Trump's overtures to Putin stir opposition at home

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Former CIA Director Michael Hayden on Tuesday said he was among those "laughing at" President TrumpDonald John TrumpShocking summit with Putin caps off Trump's turbulent Europe trip GOP lambasts Trump over performance in Helsinki Trump stuns the world at Putin summit MORE following blowback to his comments about Russian election interference during a press conference this week.

Lindsey Graham of SC called the summit a "missed opportunity by President Trump to firmly hold Russian Federation accountable for 2016 meddling and deliver a strong warning regarding future elections".

USA intelligence agencies believe the Kremlin acted to influence the 2016 US presidential election in which Trump won over Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

"You have been watching perhaps one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president at a summit in front of a Russian leader, certainly that I've ever seen, " he said.

On Tuesday, Trump sought to walk back his widely-criticized comments, saying he agreed with the USA intelligence community's assessment that Russian Federation interfered in the election.

At a joint appearance in Finland with Vladimir Putin, Trump repeated the Russian leader's denials about involvement in the election.

Putin, who has been staring down American presidents since he rose to power in 2000, dismissed Trump's concerns about Russia's annexation of Crimea and gave vague promises to hold a dialogue about Syria and nuclear weapons. "I really think the world wants to see us get along".

Trump's comments flew in the face of the USA intelligence community's findings in January 2017 that the Russian government mounted an elaborate, multifaceted campaign aimed at elevating Trump to the presidency.

Putin again denied Moscow ever interfered in the 2016 US election and proposed an "expert council" to improve relations between the countries.

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Republican Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska issued a statement calling Trump's comment that both countries are responsible for the state of US-Russia relations "bizarre and flat-out wrong".

"Donald Trump's press conference performance in Helsinki rises to & exceeds the threshold of 'high crimes & misdemeanors.' It was nothing short of treasonous. That is not just the finding of the American intelligence community but also the House Committee on Intelligence". Trump did not criticize Russia's support for Syrian leader Bashar Assad, whom the US has called on to step down.

The US intelligence community has long believed that the Kremlin often uses proxies and outside groups to do its bidding in order to maintain plausible deniability. They said they think it's Russian Federation.

Ahead of the conference, meanwhile, Mr. Trump was criticized for meeting Mr. Putin amid an inquiry into manipulation of the U.S. presidential in 2016, after the indictment of 12 Russian diplomats for hacking.

Trump did not explicitly state he believed Putin on the subject of election interference but did say the Russian leader's denials were "extremely powerful".

The senator says Trump proved not only unable, "but unwilling to stand up to Putin".

Schumer began by declaring that Trump has supported Putin in a way that is unprecedented. "Additionally, congratulations to President Putin and Russian Federation for putting on a truly great World Cup Tournament - one of the best ever!" John McCain (R-AZ) said Trump's Helsinki display is "one of the most disgraceful performances in memory" by a USA president.

"The president is doing grave harm to the standing of these United States while kowtowing to".

Trump began the day by firing a Twitter broadside at his domestic opponents, blaming the diplomatic chill on the election investigation.

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