VIDEO: President Trump Rebukes Critics of Summit Meeting With Russian President Vladimir Putin
By Brooke Singman, Fox News // July 17, 2018
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(FOX NEWS) – President Trump dug in Tuesday amid bipartisan criticism over his press conference with Vladimir Putin, claiming the “Fake News” is ignoring what he described as a successful summit — and his tough stance with NATO actually helped the alliance counter Russia’s influence.
The president defended his talks with Putin via Twitter, after being greeted to a political firestorm in Washington upon returning from the Helsinki summit.
Members of both parties criticized Trump for not publicly standing by U.S. intelligence assessments that Russia meddled in the 2016 election. As GOP lawmakers discussed crafting a resolution to endorse those findings, Democrats took their criticism to new levels on Tuesday.
House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said Trump’s remarks were “nothing short of treason,” echoing comments from Obama CIA boss John Brennan. He brushed off pressure from the party’s left flank to pursue impeachment, calling the issue a “distraction” – but kept the door open for some kind of future rebuke, saying there will be time to address such issues “once we take control of the House back.”
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