Skip to comments.Trump faces bipartisan criticism over press conference with Putin
Posted on 07/16/2018 2:55:20 PM PDT by reaganaut1
President Trump faced harsh bipartisan criticism back home for his Helsinki press conference with Vladimir Putin on Monday, as lawmakers claimed the U.S. president missed a chance to "stand up" to the Russian president on election meddling.
The U.S. president, for his part, called the summit with Putin "deeply productive." After Democrats for days called on him to nix the meeting in the wake of indictments against Russian officers for U.S. campaign hacking, Trump said he would "not make decisions on foreign policy in a futile effort to appease partisan critics."
He cited progress on a range of issues, and said it would be a "good thing" to get along with Russia.
However, the president angered members of both parties by saying both countries share blame for damaged relations and by not firmly standing by U.S. intelligence assessments that Russia meddled in the 2016 elections.
Trump said he has great confidence in the intelligence community, but Putin gave a "strong and powerful" denial. He said he doesn't "see any reason why" Russia would be behind election meddling.
"There is no question that Russia interfered in our election and continues attempts to undermine democracy here and around the world," House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., countered.
Others were less reserved in their response.
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who has been out of Washington for months battling brain cancer, issued a blistering statement calling the performance disgraceful.
President Trump proved not only unable, but unwilling to stand up to Putin. He and Putin seemed to be speaking from the same script as the president made a conscious choice to defend a tyrant against the fair questions of a free press, and to grant Putin an uncontested platform to spew propaganda and lies to the world, McCain said
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That sound you hear is the Deep State declaring it’s “prominence”! Trump, you magnificent bastard!
POTUS should fire Rosenstein. The timing of Friday’s indictments was a deliberate setup to sabotage POTUS, the summit, and US-Russia relations. If there was treason, that was it.
None of the stupid, little fools running their mouths can’t do anything. They serve no actual purpose at all.
All of them are so thoroughly useless and pointless that I can’t figure out why we tolerate their presence among us.
To Hell with all of them.
Trump shoulda punched him in the Throat...I am officially calling for Trump to be impeached because he accepted a bugged soccer ball and he didn’t punch Putin in the throat.
Who exactly is speaking on behalf of McCain? We keep hearing he’s releasing statements but he hasn’t been seen in public in months.
Just another way of saying that the Hate America Deep State crosses the aisle.
and THIS is why we know the Rosen-whatever is corrupt and his press conference announcing the so-called 12 Russian hackers being indicted was to give the media and Trump bashers another narrative with this summit.
that bastard needs to be bounced from the DOJ.
Found your candidate for 2020 yet?
POTUS should fire Rosenstein. The timing of Fridays indictments was a deliberate setup to sabotage POTUS, the summit, and US-Russia relations. If there was treason, that was it.
If the reaction to this summit doesn’t prove your point above nothing does.
This was a full on, orchestrated effort from Rosenstein’s DOJ with Mueller.
Fox News... I never knew ye...
Trump said nothing but the truth. Swamp dwellers need to STFU!
“Bi-partisan” = The Uniparty
Trump’s should respond that he wants to see convincing evidence of meddling by the Russian government — not ordinary Russians— before he destroys the chance of progress — and that Mueller’s suspect indictments are not good enough.
The Peanut Gallery pipsqueaks identify themselves.
GOPe plus the Democrats = bipartisan. Yeah, sure.
Yet more proof that it was a grand slam game-winner by President Trump.