Any expression of concern about Russian interference seems, in President Trump's mind, to delegitimize his electoral victory, and consequently his presidency.
He seemed to be contradicting his own claims that he believes USA intelligence. And ahead of the Putin summit, Trump had even expressed concern over the cost of maintaining a USA military presence in Germany.
The White House or Trump had to walk back their remarks on three separate occasions, and the State Department, the Senate, and even Trump's top intelligence chief publicly split with him over the last ten days on the issue of Russia's aggression toward the West. There have only been two on-camera briefings so far this month.
"He's a guy who went bragging around the world about his connections to Russian Federation, so they [the FBI] knew who he was before the campaign", Rubio said.
On any level it is astonishing to see a sitting president contradict his own administration this way.
Mr Trump has drawn heavy criticism from both Republicans and Democrats over his summit last Monday in Helsinki, Finland, with Mr Putin, when he seemed reluctant to blame Russian Federation for meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
But Rubio defended the intelligence community. What should journalists take more seriously: Words Trump reads from a script, or his out-of-the-blue musings on Twitter? So he's done most of his talking in tweet form. But his incessant and often false attacks on special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation also give the impression of someone who fears its ultimate conclusions and is unsettled that his fate may be out of his hands. This was the first US-Russia summit under the Trump administration. He also reportedly said he relished his interactions with the Russian leader.
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Additionally, the Leninist bureaucrat warned that the free world will be harming the rest of the world and sabotaging itself. The products are produced in the People's Republic of China, an authoritarian Maoist communist world power.
Trump's ratings for handling the summit represent a weakened moment for him, but they are not markedly worse than ratings of his presidency overall in other recent polls.
"Basically, they are the ones that are trying to undermine our basic values and divide with our allies", Coats said of Russian Federation. Yet even as Bossert called the talks "productive", he pushed back at Russia's emerging narrative that the two leaders had privately made agreements that would run counter to previously stated US policy. Trump responded "Thank you very much. No".
The House member and former prosecutor - who has been on the receiving end of insults from the Republican president - then informed the ABC host that his investigators have been blocked by Republicans from being allowed to look at the Trump Organization's books.
Trump was again heard saying "no".
This explanation made little sense because, after he told Vega "no", Trump continued fielding questions from other reporters. "He thinks the way to make Russian Federation stronger is to weaken America and as long as we're clear about it, I think it's important that the nations speak to one another and that our leaders speak to one another".
Thursday marked the third day of Mr Trump trying to manage the political fallout from his widely criticised performance at the summit meeting with Mr Putin in Finland. Scarborough has been harshly critical of Trump for more than a year.
This story remains, at its heart, a mystery.