Democratic leaders in Washington said Trump's conduct during Monday's press conference with Putin reinforced concerns that Putin "holds damaging information" over the USA president. But here's some optics for you: Donald Trump made a joint appearance with Vladimir Putin in which he publicly accepted the Russian president's denial of election meddling.
Other congressional Republicans, including House Speaker Paul Ryan and US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who until now had issued only muted criticism of Trump's attitude toward Russian Federation, were more critical on Monday.
"I think Dan Coats, being head of the intelligence community, is probably the right guy to resign at this time", Pfeiffer told CNN, adding that history has show that when a person with integrity takes this kind of step, it can move conversations forward at perhaps a different level.
Although the summit was described by Trump as "a very constructive day" and by Putin as "first important step", questions from reporters about the alleged meddling with USA elections by Russian Federation still highlighted the post-summit press conference.
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Trump said that the investigation had driven relations between the two countries to a historic low, but that the meeting with Putin had improved their relationship. Trump again denied any collusion between his campaign and the Kremlin, while Putin insisted: "The Russian state has never interfered and is not planning to interfere in the USA's internal affairs". In an interview with Russian TV outlet Channel 1, Putin offered compliments of Trump following their summit, saying he was an "interesting conversation partner". After his electoral victory, which caught even Trump by surprise, the president reluctantly acknowledged Russian meddling in the election - the unanimous consensus of the intelligence community - while in the same breath suggesting other countries could be responsible. "The first clear effect can only be that we need to align ourselves even more closely in Europe". And it came at the end of an extraordinary trip to Europe in which Trump had already berated allies, questioned the value of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance and demeaned leaders including Germany's Angela Merkel and Britain's Theresa May.
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He and other House Republican leaders tried to change the subject to taxes and the economy during their weekly news conference. By 230-183, the House rejected a Democratic measure endorsing Speaker Paul Ryan's remarks criticizing Russian Federation .
Russian President Vladimir Putin has rejected allegations that Moscow has collected compromising materials on U.S. President Donald Trump or his family.
President Donald Trump says the Russian Federation investigation has been a "disaster" for the United States and has kept America and Russian Federation "separated".
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We agree with Republican Sen. Putin subsequently reiterated that Russian Federation had no ability to actually influence votes, and that the real issue at hand was the fact that the content of the emails revealed the DNC officials were biased towards Clinton. "2016 was a testing ground and they will try in the future the outcome of any number of elections around the world which they see as crucial for their national interest", Tchantouridze said. Speaking through a translator, he said, the ties should not be held hostage to Mueller probe.
The White House said Trump would meet with members of Congress on Tuesday.
He has repeatedly noted that Putin denies it, while also saying that it is alleged to have taken place before he became president.