HELSINKI (AP) In an extraordinary embrace of a longtime U.S. enemy, President Donald Trump on Monday openly questioned his own intelligence agencies firm finding that Russia meddled in the 2016 U.S. election to his benefit, seeming to accept Russian President Vladimir Putins insistence that Moscows hands were clean.
The reaction back home was immediate and visceral, among fellow Republicans as well as usual Trump critics. Shameful, disgraceful, weak, were a few of the comments. Makes the U.S. look like a pushover, said GOP Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee.
Trumps meeting with Putin in Helsinki was his first time sharing the international stage with a man he has described as an important U.S. competitor but whom he has also praised a strong, effective leader.