Trump is criticized for summit with Russian President
The harsh criticism of President Trump’s comments during his press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin is showing no signs of slowing down today. During the joint appearance in Helsinki Monday, the President refused to blame Russia for interfering in the 2016 U.S. election.
President Trump is standing by his widely criticized summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, tweeting Tuesday: "while i had a great meeting with NATO.. I had an even better meeting with Vladimir Putin of Russia. Sadly, it is not being reported that way."
But senior administration officials tell CBS News there is an effort underway to fix the situation after President Trump sided with Putin over U.S. Intelligence agencies which have concluded the Russian government meddled in the 2016 U.S. election.
Rep. Paul Ryan House Speaker says, "They did interfere with our election. It’s really clear. There should be no doubt about that."
Both republicans and democrats quickly denounced the President’s comments. Sen. Ben Sasse, Nebraska says, "The President isn’t leading. Vladimir Putin walked away from Helsinki with a win. It’s a disaster."
The President is getting support from at least one Republican on Capitol Hill for meeting with his Russian counterpart. "The ‘prez’ has undergone onslaught of a year, year and a half of partisan investigation of somehow colluding with the Russians so i think he’s sensitive to that." said Sen. Rand Paul.
In response, President Trump thanked Senator Paul, tweeting, "you really get it." On Tuesday, Russia said it is ready to increase cooperation with the U.S. military in Syria, following Monday’s Summit.