Published: Tue, July 24, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Trump Attempts To Calm Fears: 'I Gave Up NOTHING' To Putin

Trump Attempts To Calm Fears: 'I Gave Up NOTHING' To Putin

Trump has been criticised by both Republican and Democratic lawmakers for his joint news conference with Putin in Helsinki in which he declined to challenge the Russian president on issues such as Moscow's interference in the 2016 USA presidential election and the seizure of Crimea from Ukraine.

Trump backpedaled in the following days, saying he accepted the conclusions of US intelligence agencies that Russian Federation sought to interfere in the election and that he held Putin responsible.

Trump sat down for a summit in Singapore last month with North Korean President Kim Jong Un and the two leaders committed to working toward the denuclearization of the peninsula. Russian Federation expert and Pulitzer Prize winning author William Taubman joined Carrie Saldo for a break down the Helsinki summit.

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".

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.

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The intelligence chief was speaking at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado on Thursday when news of a possible second Trump-Putin summit later this year broke. But a smaller 31 percent disapprove, with 18 percent offering no opinion.

And in the Journal poll, almost two-thirds of voters, 65 per cent, believe Russian Federation interfered - a conclusion Trump has raised repeated skepticism about, despite the conclusion of USA intelligence agencies. Self-identified "moderates" are particularly negative, with 64 percent disapproving of how Trump handled the meeting, almost as high as 73 percent among liberals.

A small portion of Trump's support continues to come from Democrats, with nine percent approving of him.

Among them were Ukraine, Syria, Russian meddling in the USA elections, and the nations' nuclear arsenal, according to Trump.

Now, protests are occurring nightly as crowds meet outside the White House to let Trump know how the public feels about his actions. One source said there was a belief that if Mr Coats had been in Washington instead of Colorado, he would not have been surprised by the news. His performance in Helsinki was an exception, although even many lawmakers who condemned Russian Federation and elements of the summit did not mention Trump by name. Those without college degrees are almost three times as likely to say they have no opinion of Trump's performance. Men were slightly less disapproving of the president's handling of the summit than women, but the gap was not statistically significant. "Because it is all a big hoax, that's why", Trump wrote. Overall results have a margin of sampling error of 5.5 percentage points, which is larger among subgroups.

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