Protesters have included individuals and grassroots groups, as well as public figures like Michael Avenatti, attorney to the adult actress who says she had an affair with Trump and was threatened with physical harm if she went public. "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".
Democrats and Republicans questioned why Trump sat down last Monday for a two-hour face-to-face meeting with Putin in Helsinki with only translators present.
The New York Times later reported, and the former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper confirmed to CNN, that Trump was briefed on specific USA intelligence indicating that Putin personally ordered the 2016 Russian influence campaign.
This is the latest in a series of clarifications on the topic of Russian Federation by the White House over the course of the last seven days since President Trump's summit meeting with Putin where he expressed that he had "confidence in both parties", referring to the United States and Russian Federation.
Trump spent days trying to reassure the country that he accepts that the longtime foe interfered in the 2016 election after his public undermining of US intelligence agencies in Helsinki while standing alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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Former House speaker and Trump adviser Newt Gingrich characterized the Helsinki meeting as "the most serious mistake of his presidency".
Dan Coats said his "admittedly awkward response" to news of a second summit between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin "was in no way meant to be disrespectful or criticize the actions" of Mr Trump.
Trump denies there was any collusion and has described Mueller's probe as a "witch hunt" meant to detract from his election victory. Trump, Casey said, "attacked and diminished our law enforcement officers and intelligence agencies on foreign soil in front of a hostile dictator and on matters directly relating to an attack on our nation". But the President Trump disagreed, saying the summit was a success and had gone "even better" than a meeting with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies last week. 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.
Russia's ambassador to the United States told the media in Moscow on Wednesday that Trump and Putin had reached several "verbal agreements" on weapons treaties and Syria, but USA officials are still scrambling to determine what those agreements might have been. A smaller 58 percent majority of conservatives approve of Trump's conduct at the summit.
Democratic pollster Fred Yang, who helped conduct the NBC/WSJ poll, pointed to media coverage of Trump for the strong support he's seeing among Republican voters.
Trump touts success of Putin summit despite continuing criticism
After his walk-back, Trump said his administration would "move aggressively" to repel efforts to interfere in American elections. The bill lays out specific acts by foreign governments that constitute election interference. "It's really clear", he said.