Schumer: GOP must push back against Trump on Russian Federation

The tweeted defence came a day after Trump openly questioned his own intelligence agencies' findings that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 USA election to his benefit, and he seemed to accept Putin's insistence that Moscow's hands were clean.

Standing alongside Putin, Trump steered clear of any confrontation with the Russian, going so far as to question American intelligence and last week's federal indictments that accused 12 Russians of hacking into Democratic email accounts to hurt Hillary Clinton in 2016. Trump's statements were a stunning development, given that the top intelligence agencies in the United States including the FBI, CIA, and National Security Agency have all said they believe Russian Federation meddled in the election.

In a press conference, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., suggested that Trump's bending to Putin was because the Russian government has some sort of compromising information on the US president - something Putin was asked about by American journalists on Monday but dismissed without answering.

'When President Trump was visiting Moscow back then I didn't even know he was in Moscow'.

Corker said he was "disappointed and saddened" that Trump would equate the statements of the intelligence community with the Russian President's and had sharp words for Trump's approach in general.

Special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election and potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. "I don't see any reason why it would be".

Trump and Putin "spent a great deal of time" discussing allegations of Russian election meddling as they met for several hours Monday, the US president said. "I think that's an incredible offer, OK?"

Evelyn Farkas, the former State Department official in charge of Russian Federation during the Obama administration, declared it "despicable" that Trump was siding "against democracy", reminding viewers she's descended from Hungarian immigrants who fled a Soviet crackdown in 1956.

Former CIA Director John Brennan, who served under President Obama, suggested that Trump's actions on Monday were "nothing short of treasonous".

The fresh indictments had prompted a number of US senators, all but one of them Democrats, to request Trump cancel his summit with Putin.

Even Trump's sometimes-ally Senator 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". After two hours alone in a room with their interpreters, Trump and Putin convened a more traditional-style bilateral meeting, seated at a large conference table surrounded by senior officials from both countries.

During his week in Europe, Trump was combative with traditional USA allies - beginning at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels, where he chastised European leaders for not spending more on defense. "He places his trust in a former KGB thug over his own hand-picked Director of National Intelligence and blames the USA for poor relations with Russian Federation".

Democrats joined the chorus of complaints about Trump's performance.

Even in the wake of Friday's indictments, the 59 percent who say in the HuffPost/YouGov poll that it's probably or definitely true that Russian Federation hacked Democrats' emails to help Trump's election chances is basically unmoved from the 57 percent who said so last December.

Trump for his part blamed bad relations between Moscow and Washington on the U.S. investigation into alleged Russian election meddling.

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