Trump under fire in US after summit with Putin

US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin at a news conference after they met in Helsinki on Monday. On allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 polls, Mr Trump said he did not see any reason why Russia would interfere,
US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin at a news conference after they met in Helsinki on Monday. On allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 polls, Mr Trump said he did not see any reason why Russia would interfere, which critics saw as a capitulation to Mr Putin. PHOTO: REUTERS
Protesters rallying outside the White House on Monday after US President Donald Trump’s return from Helsinki. Apart from opposition Democrats, the backlash over his remarks has largely been from Republicans who have nothing to lose.
Protesters rallying outside the White House on Monday after US President Donald Trump’s return from Helsinki. Apart from opposition Democrats, the backlash over his remarks has largely been from Republicans who have nothing to lose. PHOTO: REUTERS

He ignites backlash with acceptance of Putin's denial of poll meddling, and criticism of US intelligence agencies

US President Donald Trump's joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Finnish capital Helsinki has left policy analysts back in the United States perplexed - and ignited a fierce political backlash.

Apart from opposition Democrats, the backlash has largely been from Republicans, some of whom have little to lose - a number of the most outspoken are retiring. And thus far the only figure in the administration to contradict Mr Trump has been Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 18, 2018, with the headline 'Trump under fire in US after summit with Putin'. Print Edition | Subscribe