IN politicians come to Coats’ defense after Putin summit

U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a joint press conference in Helsinki Finland

The head of U.S. intelligence has said that he did not mean to disrespect President Donald Trump with his "awkward response" on hearing the news that he had invited Russian leader Vladimir Putin to visit Washington.

Trump later attempted to clarify those remark amid a groundswell of bipartisan criticism on Capitol Hill.

"For whatever reason, this president acts like he's compromised", Schiff told ABC's This Week.

Trump's tweets on Thursday come as he has alternated between trying to quell a political uproar over his comments in Helsinki - he refused to back the United States intelligence community's assessment of Russian efforts to influence the 2016 election during a joint news conference with Putin, instead touting Putin's strong denials - and his desire to not back down or apologize over his performance. At the same time, Graham shot down the suggestion that the interpreter who sat in with Trump and Russia's Vladimir Putin should appear before Congress.

Rubio also visited CBS' Face The Nation, where he said Trump had no choice but to take back comments made at a widely criticized news conference with Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

He said: "I have full faith and support for America's great intelligence agencies, I always have".

Trump and Putin met, with only their translators present, for more than two hours. Nunes, R-Calif., and other Republicans had said that anti-Trump research in a dossier prepared by former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele and paid for by Democrats was used inappropriately to obtain the warrant on Page.

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Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said his Thursday comments at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado were not meant to be critical of Mr. Trump's decision to invite Mr. Putin to a meeting in Washington later this year.

Several senior Democrats said Trump's public show of skepticism of USA intelligence conclusions about Russian election interference - while he stood side-by-side with Putin - suggested that the Russian leader, a onetime spymaster, had some kind of hold over him. Democrats, liberals and college graduates are the only groups in the poll among whom a majority say Trump went too far in supporting Putin. And I think we're entitled to know.

Most Americans do not feel Trump went "too far" in supporting Putin, and while more Americans say USA leadership has gotten weaker than stronger under Trump, his ratings on this question are slightly improved from last fall.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell last week identified the bill as a potential step Congress could take to push back against Russian Federation as Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer called for sanctions and other deterrents.

Mr Trump tweeted a list of topics discussed at the summit, including terrorism, security for Israel, Middle East peace, Ukraine, North Korea and more, and wrote: "There are many answers, some easy and some hard, to these problems... but they can all be solved!" That is a highly unusual decision that has drawn broad expressions of concern, as did Trump's insistence on meeting alone with Putin in the first place, without the usual senior advisers and note-takers. He walked back that statement a day later, saying he'd meant to say he didn't see why Russian Federation wouldn't be involved.

While Spicer is correct that most Republican voters across the country approve of Trumps handling of the summit in Finland with Putin, recent polling shows that half of Americans do not. "There is a direct national security interest for the United States in seeing democracy and stability in Nicaragua". "They didn't agree on anything, unlike what has been reported by apparently the Russian government in a way to mislead us", Bossert added.

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