On Tuesday's show, the topic of conversation was obviously Donald Trump's exceedingly conciliatory and deferential press conference in Helsinki alongside Russian president Vladimir Putin on Monday, where Trump threw his own Federal Bureau of Investigation and any number of American interests under the bus in order to curry favor with the autocratic Putin.
During Monday's news conference, Trump said, "I don't see any reason why it would be" Russian Federation who interfered in the election. And so he spoke briefly to reporters before a meeting on the Hill, and focused on his inflammatory comment suggesting he trusted Putin's word over us intelligence agencies when it came to Russian interference in the 2016 USA elections.
Trump said on Tuesday he had complete faith in us intelligence agencies and accepted their conclusions, although he insisted Russia's actions had no impact on the outcome. "I have great confidence in my intelligence people, but I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today", Trump said. A lot of people out there.
VideoDonald Trump has been branded a traitor after publicly backing Russian president Vladimir Putin over his own intelligence agencies.
Trump has faced a widespread backlash after backing Russian President Vladimir Putin over U.S. intelligence agencies during a press conference. Even Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), ordinarily a reliable defender of Trump, said he "strongly disagrees" with the president's take on Russian interference.
Earlier this month the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, chaired by Republican Senator Richard Burr, affirmed that the intelligence community's findings were "accurate and on point" and that "Russian cyber operations were more extensive than the hack of the Democratic National Committee and continued well through the 2016 election".
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"I have President Putin".
"Yes, I did", Putin said. Not only were Trump's comments imbecilic, he is wholly in the pocket of Putin.
Elsewhere, Trump called the U.S.
In a joint statement to mark the anniversary, Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop and Attorney-General Christian Porter made it clear they held Mr Putin's Russian Federation responsible for the disaster.
Aside from questions over the election, the U.S. and Russia remain far apart on major issues, such as the Syria conflict, Russia's annexation of Crimea, and the United States backing for the UK over the poisoning of a former Russian spy.
He said Russian actions had no impact on the outcome of the vote and the administration would work aggressively to protect the November 2018 congressional elections.
But pressed directly by U.S. reporters - who Trump has referred to as "enemies of the American people" - whether he would condemn Russian Federation over the empirical evidence of their election meddling, Trump again declined - on the contrary, praising Putin for offering to participate in Mueller's investigation and nodding approvingly as Putin denied his personal involvement.
Why did Trump take Putin's side?
"As a couple of bullies try to out-bully each other.I write". "We have not been getting along well for the last number of years", Trump added.
"I have full faith in our intelligence agencies", Trump told reporters Tuesday, reading from a prepared statement.