Americans give Trump negative marks for Helsinki performance

Tuesday, 24 Jul, 2018

But public reaction nationally appears more muted than in Washington, where Trump faced withering bipartisan criticism for appearing to side with Putin over USA intelligence agencies at a Monday news conference in Helsinki.

"When you hear the Fake News talking negatively about my meeting with President Putin, and all that I gave up, remember, I gave up NOTHING", Trump said on Twitter. "We must put aside the GOP label, as hard as that may be, and demonstrate the leadership our country needs by calling on the president to step down".

'Also, we got along very well, which is a good thing, except for the Corrupt Media!' the president added.

Trump was widely criticized for his rhetoric and demeanor in Helsinki after he appeared to side with Putin over the U.S. intelligence community on the subject of Russian election interference.

The invitation came after Mr Trump's first summit with Mr Putin in Finland.

Facing pressure from Republican lawmakers and political allies, Trump reversed course after he returned to Washington, insisting that he misspoke when he said that he did not see a reason why Russian Federation would meddle in US affairs.

"The disconnect can not continue", Gowdy said on Fox News on Sunday (Monday NZT).

"The evidence is overwhelming", Gowdy said.

Democratic Senate leader opposes more meetings between USA and Russian Federation until summit details are known. 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.

Independents lean negative on Trump's handling of the summit overall, with 33 percent approving and 46 percent disapproving.

Despite Trump's flip-flopping on this subject and continued flattery of Putin, it seems Republican voters are sticking with him.

Trump wrote that his predecessor, Barack Obama, knew about allegations of Russian meddling before the November 2016 vote.

On Tuesday, Trump said he needed to "clarify" one word he said during the press conference. 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.

Three days before the Trump-Putin summit in Helsinki, U.S. authorities charged 12 Russian military intelligence officers whom they accuse of direct involvement in the election-meddling efforts.

"I think there's no ignoring the fact that, for whatever reason, this president acts like he's compromised", Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos Sunday on "This Week".