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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 USA 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.

Many Americans were aghast that Trump, who has an insulting nickname for almost every one of his political opponents, did not confront Putin over Moscow's interference in the 2016 USA elections, and even cast doubt on the findings of his own intelligence agencies.

A meeting of USA and Russian presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin took place in the Finnish capital Helsinki on July 16.

"You have an individual here who has openly bragged about his ties to Russia and Russians and he's never - I don't think Carter Page has ever said he's a spy - but he has certainly talked about it. There is simply no other way to explain why he would side with this Kremlin former KGB officer rather than his own intelligence agencies". "I know he came back the next day and said something to clean that up".

Despite such publicly aired misgivings about Trump's dealings with Putin, Republicans largely continued to support, or at least condone, the president's insistence that the Mueller investigation is a "witch hunt".

On Saturday, the Salt Lake Tribune published a letter from Jon Huntsman Jr., the United States ambassador to Moscow, that appeared to reject a suggestion from a columnist for the newspaper that he resign after Mr Trump's remarks in Helsinki.

Putin has signaled in the wake of his summit with Trump that he and the US President reached several agreements, but neither Trump nor the White House have confirmed any substantive agreements between the two countries.

But, Barletta's campaign said, "our adversarial relationship should not derail efforts to find common ground through diplomacy on important issues like stabilizing Syria and denuclearization - just like our stalwart alliances with European nations should not handcuff United States policy from requesting trade fairness and full North Atlantic Treaty Organisation payments".

"I do think it unusual".

The White House said on Thursday that Mr. Trump might once again meet with Putin, this time extending an invitation to meet in the fall.

"So I think what President Trump ought to continue doing is acting tough and talking in ways that advance the USA interest in the Middle East, China and elsewhere around the world", Bossert concluded.

Republican US Senators Marco Rubio (L) and Lindsey Graham are seen in this combination photo from US Senate hearings on Capitol Hill in Washington, US on March 14, 2018 and on June 18, 2018 respectively.

Mr. Coats has been under scrutiny since he said he wished Mr. Trump had not met one-on-one with Mr. Putin and expressed dismay that he had publicly undermined US intelligence agencies. 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.

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.

The Washington Post reported that Trump went on about how Putin is "strong, smart, and cunning", and said he "relished" his interactions with the Russian strongman. On Tuesday, Trump said he needed to "clarify" one word he said during the press conference.

When Rubio made a similar comment on CNN's "State of the Union", Jake Tapper, "Don't you think you're being remarkably forgiving of President Trump's behavior toward Putin?"


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