President Trump: Special Counsel's Probe Driving Wedge Between US, Russia

GETTY Trumpseemed to accept Putin’s denial of election meddling

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. "Why wouldn't we want to get along with Russian Federation?" said Robertson.

Still, Trump considered the summit a bigly success, saying, "Well, I think we're doing really well with Russian Federation as of today".

Trump's statements "amounted to an unprecedented refusal by a United States president to believe his own intelligence agencies over the word of a foreign adversary", CNN says.

Russian President Vladimir Putin gives a soccer ball to U.S. President Donald Trump, left, during a press conference after their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, Monday, July 16, 2018.

Mr. Putin suggested on Monday, like Mr. Trump has done repeatedly, that Mr. Mueller's appointment as an independent prosecutor to pursue the investigation lacks legitimacy. "Americans are waiting and hoping for President Trump to embrace that sacred responsibility".

Senator John McCain called it, "one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory", while Senator Ben Sasse called it "bizarre".

In a joint press conference following the talks, Trump expressed confidence that they can work together to denuclearize North Korea.

"Now in Trump's defense, he has a good point", Noah said. Putin denies any Russian interference in the vote. He adds: "The president must appreciate that Russian Federation is not our ally".

"[Russia] remains hostile to our most basic values and ideals". The fact that the president's statements are at odds with the rest of his administration brought up the question that many have always been wondering, does Russian Federation have something on Mr. Trump? Trump backers, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker, and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich have criticized his performance.

Even hosts on the Trump-preferred Fox News have been critical of his handling of the summit.

San Francisco resident and Trump donor Scott Robertson wasn't fazed by the president's remarks.

Gladysh says that doesn't change overnight and neither does a better relationship between the two countries, but like any relationship, he says, it all starts with a conversation.

He called on Republicans to stand up to the president - or leave the GOP.

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