Growing number of Republicans criticize President Trump's performance in Helsinki

    U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin leave after a press conference after their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, Monday, July 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

    President Donald Trump is back at the white house Tuesday morning, following his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    A growing number of Republicans are criticizing the president's performance in Helsinki, Finland.

    President Trump once again questioned his own intelligence community after meeting privately with Putin.

    The president said Putin was powerful in his denial that Russia interfered in the 2016 election.

    However, all 17 U.S. intelligence agencies concluded that the Russian government directed cyber-attacks on members of the Democratic Party.

    Republican lawmakers criticized the president's remarks.

    "The president's comments made us look as a nation more like a pushover,” Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) said.

    "I never thought I would see an American president throw the intelligence community under the bust like that,” Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) said.

    Senator John McCain called Trump's comments "one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory."

    Maine Republican Senator Susan Collins says Russian efforts to meddle in 2016 were relentless. She says the president's position is "untenable" and “at odds with the forceful response this moment demands.”

    She says we need to act now to prevent further attempts at Russian interference.

    President trump tried to clarify his statements aboard Air Force One, tweeting "I have great confidence in my intelligence people.” But he says to build a better future with Russia they can't focus exclusively on the past.

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