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Sen. Lindsey Graham says Trump's tough talk "not working" on Putin

24 July 2018

He went on to highlight the intelligence community's efforts to "inform and support President Trump's ongoing efforts to prevent Russian meddling" in the upcoming midterm elections, as well as to help the US President to "build strong relationships internationally in order to maintain peace,"pave the way for the denuclearization of "dangerous regimes" and ensure the security of the US and its allies".

Under pressure from Congress, which previous year passed a tough sanctions law targeting Russia, the US Treasury in April imposed sanctions on Russian officials and oligarchs for election meddling and "malign" activities.

The poll was taken beginning the day before Trump's Helsinki summit, so includes respondents who were exposed to some of the furious blowback after Trump called Putin's denial of meddling in the US election 'powerful'.

On Twitter, former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan said the president's conduct "rises to & exceeds the threshold of 'high crimes & misdemeanors'".

At a festival appearance in New York City's Central Park, Hillary Clinton spoke against President Trump's apparent reluctance to accept intelligence showing that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 presidential election.

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, says that the White House's mixed messages on Russian interference in US elections was "not a good moment for the administration".

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Back home from the first one, the USA leader drew widespread criticism - from Trump's fellow Republicans and opposition Democrats alike - for his performance at the joint news conference he had with Putin, where Trump embraced Putin's "extremely strong and powerful" denial that Russian Federation had meddled in the 2016 US presidential election, rather than defending the US intelligence community's conclusion that Moscow had interfered.

But top US intelligence officials and members of Congress have said they do not know what was discussed and have not been briefed. "Because it is all a big hoax, that's why", Trump wrote. A smaller 58 percent majority of conservatives approve of Trump's conduct at the summit.

Trump's "enemy of the people" attack on Thursday marked the second time Trump has emerged from a summit with a dictator who has restricted press freedoms and subsequently attacked the news media as an "enemy". Rubio said he didn't have a "problem" with Mr. Trump meeting with Putin, saying it was "important" for the USA and Russian Federation to speak to one another.

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

Criticizing Trump is, perhaps, something Barletta will never do: Barletta makes no bones about his hope that the coalition that propelled Trump to a win of less than 1 percentage point in Pennsylvania over Democrat Hillary Clinton will deliver a victory for him in November. Those without college degrees are almost three times as likely to say they have no opinion of Trump's performance.

Young Americans - those under age 40 - gave Trump lower marks for his overall handling of the summit than did those over 40.

Sen. Lindsey Graham says Trump's tough talk