In an interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence senior Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) was asked what he made of Trump's recent summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, with Schiff saying Trump acted like a man who has something to hide. "There is simply no other way to explain why he would side with this Kremlin, a former KGB officer, rather than his own intelligence agencies".
A former national security adviser to President Barack Obama said Donald Trump's "national security team needs to know everything" about the lengthy one-on-one meeting he had with Vladimir Putin, calling the meeting a "historic mistake" and saying it would have been for any US president.
Trump's comments led to a quick rebuke from top Republicans in Congress, as well as many Democrats, and the President later said that he misspoke during the press conference and that he holds Putin personally responsible for election interference. "I think it's important to continue them".
Graham continued: "What I do expect is for the administration and the president, eventually, to tell us were any agreements reached".
But according to Gowdy, what Trump said and the circus that followed, is unacceptable. He also suggested a moral equivalence between Russian Federation and the United States, and said that the U.S. was just as much to blame for current poor relations as Russian Federation.
Before his Aspen Security Forum appearance, Coats was already portrayed as a voice of dissent in the Trump administration by the mainstream media for seemingly standing up to Trump in the wake of the Helsinki summit, which Trump's opponents dubbed "disastrous" and "nothing short of treason". "There is a direct national security interest for the United States in seeing democracy and stability in Nicaragua".
Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said in a statement that his Thursday comments at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado were not meant to be critical of the president's handling of the summit.
But the Republican senator also stressed he has not seen a reason yet to believe Trump or his campaign colluded with Russian Federation. On both questions, those who say they "strongly disapprove" of Trump's performance outnumber those who say they "strongly approve" by better than 2 to 1.
Tweeting from his golf course in New Jersey, Mr Trump reinforced his meeting with Putin went well despite previous contradicting statements.
According to the survey, 56 percent of Americans disapproved of Trump for expressing doubt over the USA intelligence community's conclusions about Russian meddling and 29 percent approved.
During a discussion about "Politics Of The Moment", she told crowds that she still doesn't understand why President Trump wants to be friends with Putin.
Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin at a press conference in Helsinki, July 16, 2018.
Before concluding the interview, Baier asked Gowdy about the news that a FISA warrant accuses former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page of conspiring with the Russian government.
The poll also found that 47% of Americans think the country's world leadership has gotten weaker under Trump, with 30% believing it has strengthened, and 20% responding that there has been no change. Mr. Trump walked back the statement the next day.