Rubio: Trump should be 'clear-eyed' about who Putin is

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- Putin, who denies that Russia interfered in the 2016 election, or USA intelligence agencies, which have concluded that Russian agents hacked into the Democratic National Committee computer server and released hacked DNC emails to help Trump's election chances.

"I certainly think he's acting like someone who is compromised", Schiff said on ABC News' "This Week".

Rubio, who ran against Trump in the Republican presidential primary in 2016 but exited after losing the Florida primary, said he would never stand with Putin.

He also said he merely wanted to know what agreements Trump and Putin supposedly reached over the course of their two-hour sit-down. "I have a different view on this issue than the president and the White House", Rubio said. One source said there was a belief that if Mr Coats had been in Washington instead of Colorado, he would not have been surprised by the news. "I think it's important to continue them". When asked about Trump casting doubts about US intelligence in regards to Russian meddling, the number jumped to 56 percent disapproving to just 29 percent approving.

The senator said he had no problem with Trump meeting Putin at the White House in the fall.

"If he does show up, you need to have new sanctions over Putin's head", said Graham, urging a set of sanctions that "would be a hammer over Russia's head" for interfering in the USA electoral process.

However, nearly as many - 35 percent - say Trump handled Putin "about right", while another 15 percent say he did not go far enough to support Putin. Whether on goal or by pure coincidence, it was around this time that press secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted that the president was starting to plan a second meeting with Putin, this time at the White House in the fall.

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Trump's Helsinki meeting with Putin came several days after Russian intelligence officers were indicted on suspicion of interfering in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Stewart's position contradicts that of USA intelligence agencies that have concluded Russian Federation hacked the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign and created fake social media accounts with the aim to boost Donald Trump and hurt Clinton. According to Putin, this idea has been endorsed by Trump, although it is entirely unclear how this can be squared with current USA sanctions against Russian Federation.

So there's ample reason for journalists to try to ask again: "Is Russia still targeting the United States?"

In a statement on Saturday, Coats sought to clarify his incredulous reaction to the breaking news that Trump invited the Russian leader to a follow-up meeting in the White House in the wake of their first meetup in Helsinki on Monday. When asked about what came out of the summit, Bossert said, "President Trump had a productive set of conversations. It can be proven beyond any evidentiary burden that Russian Federation is not our friend and they tried to attack us in 2016", Gowdy explained.

But according to Gowdy, what Trump said and the circus that followed, is unacceptable.

Barletta also sounded different than Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who said "the European countries are our friends, and the Russians are not" following a trip in which Trump also harshly criticized traditional allies at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit over what Trump called "delinquent" defense spending. We are hearing no rebuttal or comment from the United States.

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