IN Focus: Indiana politicians come to Coats' defense after Russian Federation summit

IN Focus: Indiana politicians come to Coats' defense after Russian Federation summit

He also said while Trump's Putin antics may have played badly in the Acela corridor of the East Coast, they do not translate in flyover country.

President Donald Trump on Monday morning attempted to combat reports of growing concerns about what Trump and Vladimir Putin discussed during their closed-door meeting a week ago.

At the news conference following the private meeting, Trump also appeared to accept Putin's denials of trying to undermine the USA election, even though U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that Russian Federation did intervene.

GOP Sen. John McCain called Trump's performance at the news conference "disgraceful", and House Speaker Paul Ryan publicly contradicted the president when he said "there is no question that Russian Federation interfered in our election".

A slightly larger 56 percent disapprove of Trump expressing doubts about USA intelligence agencies' conclusion that Russian Federation tried to influence the outcome of the 2016 election.

Former House speaker and Trump adviser Newt Gingrich characterized the Helsinki meeting as "the most serious mistake of his presidency".

For his part, Barletta said in a statement released by his campaign that he, too, agrees with USA intelligence agencies, and that he will "continue to do everything I can" to prevent Russian Federation from doing so again.

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Trump denies there was any collusion and has described Mueller's probe as a "witch hunt" meant to detract from his election victory. A 74 percent majority of Republicans say American leadership has "gotten stronger" under Trump, up from 53 percent last November and 61 percent last July. On both questions, those who say they "strongly disapprove" of Trump's performance outnumber those who say they "strongly approve" by better than 2 to 1.

Toomey also aggressively attacked Putin, calling him a "bad actor" who should be treated as an worldwide pariah.

Dealing with the fallout from two summits at once, President Donald Trump says he's "very happy" with the pace of North Korea's denuclearization, despite Kim Jong Un having taken no major steps toward that aim since their summit in Singapore last month.

Asked whether he agreed with that statement, Barletta's campaign said "Russia is clearly an adversary of the United States".

Barletta also has said he expects Trump will campaign for him in Pennsylvania and marshal "a lot" of money from donors to help him.

Tuesday will be the first day Trump and the White House understands what protesters are saying as we have hired an individual who will be translating what the protesters are saying from English to Russian very loudly.

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