Lawmakers critical of Trump's remarks at news conference with Putin

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U.S. Senate Democratic leader Charles Schumer speaks to the news media about President Donald Trump's summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, U.S., July 16, 2018.

For his "A Closer Look" segment, NBC's Seth Meyers broke down Trump's news conference with Putin, saying the president delivered "one of the most surreal performances by a president in modern American history" and "twisted himself in knots to take Putin's side".

Trump's tweet comes amid an uproar over his decision to not endorse the USA intelligence community's assessment that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 presidential election over Putin's denial, and his scolding of United States allies last week for what he said was inadequate financial contributions to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

The charges against the Russians were filed by Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election as well as Russian collusion with Donald Trump's campaign team. Moscow has also been refuting these allegations. He is wholly in the pocket of Putin.

"This is shameful", said Senator Jeff Flake, a fellow Republican and staunch critic of the president.

Schwarzenegger hit out at Trump for using the news conference to sell out the American intelligence community, justice system and the country.

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"Even before the election he was like a scared child, afraid to criticize Vladimir Putin", said Scarborough.

The top Republican in Congress, House Speaker Paul Ryan, said Mr Trump must see that "Russia is not our ally". "I had to reiterate things I said several times, including during our personal contacts, that the Russian state has never interfered and is not going to interfere into internal American affairs including election process". He also said Germany was being "controlled" by Russian Federation because it relied on natural gas from Russian Federation for some of its energy. "All the more as the United States will host the World Cup in 2026".

He said he was willing to consider additional sanctions on Russian Federation and that Congress would make sure they were not able to "get away with (election meddling) again".

Russian President Vladimir Putin seemed to justify the hacking of Democrats because the information dispersed was true, after denying that Russia had interfered in the USA 2016 presidential election.

According to one person familiar with the planning who spoke to the Post, Trump's behavior during the press conference with Putin was "very much counter to the plan".

It's a pretty scary day in America when your president won't stand up to the leader of a nation that has launched a prolonged cyber attack on your government. "And I think we're all to blame".

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