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Mural depicting a winking Vladimir Putin taking off his Donald Trump mask on a storefront in Brooklyn New York

That's just how much damage Trump did to his presidency with his embarrassing performance in Helsinki on Monday.

Speaking at the joint news conference, President Putin offered to allow United States investigators to visit Russian Federation to question the officers.

Trump's Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats said he gives the president the best information on issues such as foreign interference and meddling.

Mr Ryan said: "Let's be very clear - Russian Federation meddled in our election".

Murkowski noted that "we were not privileged" to know what was said in the private meeting between Trump and Putin. "This shameful spectacle of acquiescence to Putin was yet another example of him putting his interests over those of the American people".

There was one Republican who was not here for Trump's shenanigans with Putin - Arizona Senator John McCain.

In a news conference after meeting Vladimir Putin on Monday, Mr Trump also appeared to accept the Russian president's word over that of his own intelligence agencies regarding alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 USA election.

When asked during the press event if he believed the assertion from US spy agencies that Russian Federation meddled with USA politics, Trump deflected the question and suggested that he was siding with Putin, who denied any interference in USA politics.

At a summit in Helsinki with the Russian president, Trump said, "I have President Putin; he just said it's not Russia".

On eve of Russian Federation summit, Trump calls European Union 'a foe'
Finland has a long legacy of hosting US-Soviet and US-Russian summits because of its geographic location and perceived neutrality. Trump sat for the interview Saturday in Scotland and CBS News released excerpts on Sunday, hours before Trump flew to Helsinki.

"I don't see any reason why it would be", Trump said.

Before the meeting Monday, Trump tweeted that blame for a failing U.S. -Russia relationship lies with the United States.

Was anybody asking themselves: "How does James Comey think I should vote in the 2018 midterm elections?"

Coats, a former IN senator, said his team has "been clear IN our assessments of Russian meddling" after Trump said he takes Putin at his "strong" words denying attempts to interfere IN the 2016 election.

A Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted after his news conference with Putin found that 55 percent of registered USA voters disapproved of his handling of relations with Russian Federation, while 37 percent approved. Bob Corker of Tennessee, who said of Trump's news conference: "I did not think this was a good moment for our country".

Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema said in a statement, "Russia is an authoritarian regime that has attacked our democracy and continues to undermine the security of the United States and our allies".

Astonished Republicans and Democrats uniformly condemned Trump, with harsh criticism coming even from hosts on Fox News - a network normally friendly to the president.

"President Trump approaches talks with Russian Federation grounded in realism, but our desire for friendship, cooperation, and peace remain", read another.

His pliable manner at the summit with Russia was a contrast to the combativeness he had displayed towards North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies last week, and Mr Ryan felt the need to issue reassurance that the USA "stands by North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies and all countries facing Russian aggression".

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