Trump, who will meet Monday with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, has not been so tough on the Russian president.
One agenda item Trump did not mention, however, was Moscow's interference in the 2016 presidential election, a topic Trump had promised to press Russian President Vladimir Putin on after 12 Russian intelligence officers were indicted last week for stealing Democratic campaign emails.
The U.S. has no extradition treaty with Moscow and can't compel Russian Federation to hand over citizens, and a provision in Russia's constitution prohibits extraditing its citizens to foreign countries.
"He has already said that he has asked Putin about meddling, Putin told him he didn't do it, and he believed him", Murphy said on ABC's This Week.
President Trump expressed his excitement for meeting the Russian leader, but attacked the press in anticipation of any criticism of the summit. But - in a trade sense, they've really taken advantage of us and many of those countries are in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and they weren't paying their bills and, you know, as an example a big problem with Germany. I have President Putin. I will say this.
The president hit the links both days. "The damage inflicted by President Trump's naiveté, egotism, false equivalence, and sympathy for autocrats is hard to calculate".
If his instinct proves right and the pair find common ground, then the summit may take the heat out of some of the world's most risky conflicts including Syria.
House Speaker Paul Ryan also took issue with the president's approach.
"The president must appreciate that Russian Federation is not our ally", Ryan said, in what was, for the mild-mannered speaker, akin to a reprimand. "There is no moral equivalence between the United States and Russian Federation, which remains hostile to our most basic values and ideals".
President Donald Trump is calling the US news media "the enemy of the people" as he prepares to meet with Russia's Vladimir Putin, who has cracked down on the free press at home. Trump ignored those warnings.
Former CIA Director John Brennan denounced Trump's performance as "treasonous", and Republican U.S. Senator John McCain called the meeting with Putin a "tragic mistake", although some other Republicans were more cautious. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), the Senate's top Democrat. The body language should say that the United States knows what Russian Federation did (and is still doing), we're angry about it and it will not be tolerated.
Bolton tells ABC's "This Week" on Sunday that the indictments show that the American justice system is aware of Russian efforts to meddle in US elections.
And former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan said Trump's behavior at the news conference "rises to & exceeds the threshold of 'high crimes & misdemeanors.' It was nothing short of treasonous". "But - and this may be wrong - but they had much stronger defenses", Trump said.
"We have a lot of good things to talk about", said Trump.
Trump Backtracks, Says He Misspoke in Helsinki Summit With Putin
Putin and Trump sat down in Helsinki for a historic meeting in which they held four hours of talks between Moscow and Washington . John Cornyn of Texas, said sanctions may be preferable to a nonbinding resolution that amounts to "just some messaging exercise".
The meeting in Finland was the first stand-alone summit between the two leaders. They met previously on the sidelines of global gatherings in Germany and Vietnam.
"I think we will have an extraordinary relationship".
"And I really think the world wants to see us get along".
Putin arrived late to Helsinki, pushing back Trump's departure for the Finnish presidential palace where meetings will take place.
Trump departed for Helsinki Sunday after spending the weekend playing golf at his Turnberry golf course in Scotland.
"You wouldn't think of the European Union, but they're a foe".
Putin and Trump shared an awkward handshake as they sat down in front of Russian and USA flags in the capital of Finland.
He also says that Russian Federation is a foe "in certain respects" and that China is a foe "economically". "But that doesn't mean they are bad", he said. "It means that they are competitive". "That the president was attended in Helsinki by a team of competent and patriotic advisers makes his blunders and capitulations all the more painful and inexplicable".
EU Council President Donald Tusk tweeted a response using one of President Trump's famous phrases.
European Union President Donald Tusk called on the United States, China and Russian Federation to work together to cool the global trade tensions, warning that they could spiral into violent "conflict and chaos".
Many in Washington were agog at Trump's decision to sit alone with Putin, anxious about what he might give away to the former KGB spymaster, after previously cosying up to the autocratic leaders of China and North Korea.
In 1975, the U.S. and Russian Federation - then the key power in the Soviet Union - along with 33 other states, signed a major agreement in Helsinki to defuse Cold War tensions. "We have been far tougher on Russian Federation than anybody".
Trump accuses Strzok of lying and making up excuses.