Fierce backlash at home over Trump’s clean chit to Russia

Jul 17, 2018, 6:43 AM EDT
U.S. President Donald Trump's remarks came after a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

U.S. President Donald Trump faced a blizzard of criticism at home after he refused to blame Moscow for meddling in the 2016 election, contradicting the findings of his own intelligence agencies, at a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Finland.

The criticism came from all quarters of the political spectrum with top Republican in Congress, House Speaker Paul Ryan, reminding the president that Russia is not an ally while Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats openly challenged Trump’s stance, notes the BBC.

Arizona Senator John McCain lambasted Trump for his “disgraceful performance” and abject surrender before a “tyrant,” writes The Guardian. Trump’s remark defending Moscow shocked U.S. leaders especially as it follows just days after U.S. justice department indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers for hacking Hillary Clinton’s campaign to sway 2016 election.