GOP Rep. Fitzpatrick Says Putin 'Manipulated' Trump

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Under pressure from Congress, which past year passed a tough sanctions law targeting Russia, the US Treasury in April imposed sanctions on Russian officials and oligarchs for election meddling and "malign" activities.

Putin has denied that Russian Federation tried to influence the 2016 presidential election after the United States intelligence community concluded Russian Federation interfered through cyber attacks and social media in a bid to boost Trump's candidacy.

Rep. Will Hurd, Fitzpatrick's Republican colleague from Texas who previously worked as a Central Intelligence Agency agent, wrote an op-ed in The New York Times criticizing the president for "playing into Vladimir Putin's hands" by "actively [participating] in a Russian disinformation campaign that legitimized Russian denial and weakened the credibility of the United States to both our friends and foes overseas".

By the time Trump arrived back in the US, the parade of critical statements had become a stampede, leaving the president the most isolated he'd been in the White House since last year's controversy over white supremacist protesters in Charlottesville.

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Marco Rubio said Sunday that he supports President Donald Trump interacting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, but said Trump should be aware of Putin's human rights record and zero-sum approach to the U.S. -Russia relationship.

"The president missed, I think, a really good opportunity to distinguish the United States from any other country, but especially from Russia", Rep. Trey Gowdy, the chair of the House Oversight Committee, said on "Fox News Sunday".

Most Americans do not feel Trump went "too far" in supporting Putin, and while more Americans say USA leadership has gotten weaker than stronger under Trump, his ratings on this question are slightly improved from last fall.

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If he doesn't listen, they should step down, he said. "We can not let that happen again", Fitzpatrick said of Russian interference in USA elections.

Despite Republicans' lukewarm support for Trump's Helsinki performance, they express growing confidence in his ability to project USA strength around the world.

Slightly more approved of Trump's handling of the summit overall - including two-thirds of Republicans. By January, the intelligence community had prepared a classified report thoroughly documenting Russia's role that was presented to then-President-elect Trump at Trump Tower. Most Americans disapprove of the skepticism Trump conveyed during that news conference.

Mr Coats issued a statement seeking to control the damage from an interview he gave at the Aspen Institute security forum in Colorado on Thursday in which he expressed surprise when the news broke that Mr Trump was planning another summit with Mr Putin.

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More than 6 in 10 Republicans strongly approve of the job Trump is doing as president.

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