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DC Daily: Trump responds to backlash over Putin summit

Posted: 7:52 AM, Jul 17, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-17 14:52:56Z

Here's what's making headlines in the political world on Tuesday, July 17, 2018:

Trump responds to uproar over summit with Putin
-- By the time President Trump returned to the U.S. late Monday night, the fallout from his meeting and joint news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin had already reached a boiling point.

Protesters greeted Trump at the White House upon his return, with some holding signs calling him a “traitor.” But earlier in the day, the president faced fierce backlash from Republican and Democratic lawmakers and members of the intelligence community over his remarks at the Helsinki news conference, particularly regarding the ongoing probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

In an interview with Fox News, Trump referred to Putin as “very, very strong” and said the U.S.-Russia relationship was “a potential problem” prior to the Finland summit.

Through all of the criticism Trump received for his Helsinki performance, he had at least one notable supporter, Sen. Rand Paul. The Kentucky Republican told CNN that the disapproval of the president stems from “Trump derangement syndrome.”

On Tuesday, Trump took to Twitter to thank Paul for the support.

The president also added:

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Schwarzenegger bashes Trump over news conference with Putin
-- Actor and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger called out President Trump for his “embarrassing” performance during a joint news conference with Russian President Putin.

In a video posted on his Twitter account, the action star referred to Trump as a Putin “fan boy” and slammed the president for standing next to the Russian leader “like a wet noodle.”