Republicans Attack Trump Over His Putin Press Conference

July 16, 2018, 7:51 PM UTC

Republicans rebuked President Donald Trump over his comments at a joint press conference on Monday with Russian President Vladimir Putin, during which he sided with Putin and his denials that Russia had interfered with the U.S. election in 2016.

Rejecting the consensus of 19 U.S. intelligence agencies and Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Trump said that the “Russian state has never interfered and is not going to interfere in internal American affairs.” He added that Putin’s denial was “extremely strong and powerful,” immediately setting off a firestorm of criticism on Twitter by members of his own party, who said that he was naive and had been played by Putin.

Here’s what Trump’s Republican critics had to say:

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI)

Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE)

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ)

Rep. Jusin Amash (R-MI)

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY)

Ari Fleischer, press secretary for former President George W. Bush Press Secretary, and Fox News contributor

Mike Murphy, GOP strategist

Abby Huntsman, Fox News anchor and “Fox & Friends” co-host

Meghan McCain, Republican ABC Politics analyst, co-host of The View

McCain is the daughter of Republican Sen, John McCain of Arizona, who has been outspoken about his displeasure with President Trump.

Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats

At Monday’s press conference following the summit, Trump said he has confidence both in Putin and Coats, America’s top intelligence officer.