Americans give Trump negative marks for Helsinki performance

Posted July 24, 2018

During the interview, NBC's Andrea Mitchell told Coats on stage that the White House had just announced "Putin is coming to the White House in the fall". "The Democrats want to try to find that one drop of blood in the water so that they can focus on Russian Federation, their favorite subject".

Coats went on to say, "I and the entire intel community are committed to providing the best possible intelligence to inform and support President Trump's ongoing efforts to prevent Russian meddling in our upcoming elections, to build strong relationships internationally in order to maintain peace, denuclearize unsafe regimes and protect our nation and our allies".

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".

Joshua Roberts/ReutersRepublican voters are sticking with President Donald Trump despite widespread criticism over his handling of a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki last week.

A new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll showed 88% of Republicans approve of the job Trump is doing as president. I will say this: "I don't see any reason why it would be", the president said last Monday.

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Partisans split in their ratings of Trump's meeting with Putin, but Republicans are less united in support for Trump than in other recent polls about his presidency. Trump has denied any collusion and has repeatedly called the Mueller probe a "hoax" and a "witch hunt". 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. Bob Casey, blasted Trump's conduct in Helsinki as "dangerous and reckless".

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US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hands during last week's summit.

But, Barletta's campaign said, "our adversarial relationship should not derail efforts to find common ground through diplomacy on important issues like stabilizing Syria and denuclearization - just like our stalwart alliances with European nations should not handcuff United States policy from requesting trade fairness and full North Atlantic Treaty Organisation payments". A smaller 58 percent majority of conservatives approve of Trump's conduct at the summit.

While Trump hasn't commented publicly on the protests, as the video above demonstrates, he cannot help but be aware of them, and Monday and Tuesday's protests, with the addition of patriotic demonstrations and a Russian translator, can only draw more attention to their cause and their demands.

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