Fallout Continues From Trump, Putin Press Conference


President Trump is back in the U.S. after his tumultuous trip through Europe. 

But the fallout from his comments during a press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to continue. 

Trump questioned his own intelligence community after meeting privately with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on Monday.

“They said they think its Russia, I have President Putin, he just said it’s not Russia. I will say, I don’t see any reason why it would be” Trump said. 

The President said Putin was powerful in his denial that Russia interfered in the 2016 election. 

But all 17 U.S. Intelligence Agencies concluded that the Russian government directed cyberattacks on members of the Democratic Party. 

Republician lawmakers criticized the President’s remarks. 

“The President’s comments made us look as a nation more like a pushover,” Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-TN) said. 

“I never thought I would see an American President throw the intelligence community under the bus like that,” Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) said. 

Democrats claim President Trump is compromised. 

“Americans are scratching their head and saying if that’s not the explanation, that Putin has something on it, what is it, what the heck could it be?” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said. 

The President denied that in an interview to FOX News before leaving Finland. 

“If they had it, it would have been out,” Trump said. 

Putin admitted he wanted Trump to win the election. 

“Yes I did. Because he talks about bringing U.S. Russia relationship back to normal,” Putin said. 

President Trump blamed the Mueller Investigation for putting U.S.-Russia relations at an all-time low. 

While flying home aboard Air Force One, the President tried to clarify his statements in a tweet, saying he has great confidence in his intelligence people. 

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