Even more defiantly, Trump's views were being aired in the aftermath of indictments against twelve Russian intelligence agents accused of interfering in U.S. politics, a reminder that Robert Mueller has every intention of keeping the issue of Russia and the 2016 election in the news.
Saying "not only were Trump's comments imbecilic, he is wholly in the pocket of Putin".
He also derided the idea that a Russian could have influenced millions of Americans' votes in 2016 - "this is utterly ridiculous", he scoffed. "We must not tolerate efforts by Russian Federation or other actors that disrupt our democracy or undermine our interests around the globe". But he proceeded to undermine even that token acknowledgement of reality when he answered a reporter's question about whether he believed the USA intelligence community's conclusion or Putin's denials. Browder was a driving force behind a U.S. law targeting Russian officials over human rights abuses.
That's the swift and sweeping condemnation directed at President Donald Trump on Monday after he sided with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a stunning appearance in Helsinki - and that's just from the Republicans.
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"Though relations were worse during the Cold War, at least then the U.S. presidency wasn't a propaganda arm for the Kremlin".
"It was a clean campaign, I beat Hillary Clinton easily and frankly ... we won that race and it's a shame there could be a little cloud over it", he said.
The presidents' wives seem to have spent the day together, after which Melania thanked Haukio on Instagram for "good conversation about issues facing our nations."
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"If Trump isn't a Russian agent, he sure plays good one on TV", Cupp said.
"This is utterly ridiculous", he added.
Amid a flood of criticism back home, Trump later tweeted from Air Force One that he has "GREAT confidence in MY intelligence people" but that message has done little to reassure those who feel he undermined the U.S. in front of its greatest geopolitical adversary and are concerned by the President's willingness to believe Putin over his own intelligence apparatus.
"We have not been getting along very well for the last number of years", Trump said. They say the former reality star and relentless tabloid self-promoter believes that any suggestion of Russian interference undermines his victory - and his brand. Trump made it depressingly clear on Monday that he is incapable of providing it.
"Our relationship with Russian Federation is strained because of the very malign actions he's refusing to take Russian Federation to task for", tweeted Democratic US Representative Gregory Meeks, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
The president must appreciate that Russian Federation is not our ally. In his remarks Monday, he proved himself unwilling to remove the issue from politics or view it as a security threat or a challenge to US democracy.
"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", he said. Russia, he said, "remains hostile to our most basic values and ideals". Trump said that Putin strongly denied the claim during their meeting.
Well, Colbert found Mike Pence, Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan and Devin Nunes - also in Putin's pocket.
Alluding to then-DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz's ouster afterward, Putin went on to say that as a result, "the entire party leadership resigned. I will say this, I don't see any reason why it would be", Trump said.