US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin started their first bilateral meeting here on Monday and they are expected to discuss a wide range of issues. Also, Trump no longer was speaking truth to power alongside Russia's President Vladimir Putin, but addressing reporters from the White House alongside Republican lawmakers.
Some politicians said they would seek remedies against Russian Federation in Congress.
But Trump gave the go-ahead to announce the charges against the 12 Russian intelligence officers accused of hacking Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign and the Democratic Party.
Instead, the U.S. president stunned the world by shying away from criticizing the Russian leader for Moscow's actions to undermine the election and cast doubt on USA intelligence agencies.
The political firestorm over his performance at the Helsinki news conference has engulfed the administration and spread to his fellow Republicans, eclipsing most of the frequent controversies that have erupted during Trump's turbulent 18 months in office.
Republican and Democrat politicians in the USA, as well as intelligence officials, on Monday denounced Trump's failure to challenge his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin over interference in the elections, calling his responses at a joint news conference in Finland as "shameful" and "disgraceful".
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said earlier Tuesday he wouldn't critique Trump's appearance with Putin. He said he holds both countries responsible for election interference and called the Robert Mueller probe "a disaster for our country".
Trump, in opening remarks, said that U.S. -Russia relations had been at their lowest point until the two sat down face-to-face in a highly-anticipated summit.
What is the likely outcome of the Trump-Putin meeting?
Bolton said he finds it " hard to believe " Putin didn't know about efforts to interfere in the 2016 USA presidential election. The U.S. has no extradition treaty with Moscow and can't compel Russian Federation to hand over citizens.
"I don't see any reason why it would be", Trump said.
"While we should seek to improve the situation in Syria and seek cooperation on other issues, we must also recognize the consensus that Russian Federation did try to interfere in our election", Poliquin said in a statement.
"Canada is in a particularly exposed position compared to other western allies because of our trade dependence on the United States", Paris said.
The reporter then asked Mr. Trump, "Who do you believe?"
Russian commentators and editorialists who consider the European Union hostile, troublesome or irrelevant also welcomed Trump's criticism of longtime European allies as "foes" of the U.S. "I think that probably clarifies it".
"The sentence should have been: "I don't see any reason why I wouldn't" or "why it wouldn't be Russia".
On Sunday, the Republican senator followed the calls of several top Democrats and tweeted that the President should not be "dignifying Putin with the meeting".
What did he say at the summit with Putin?
The upcoming hearing is also the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's first on Russian Federation this year, despite what Democratic congressional aides describe as a behind-the-scenes push by lawmakers on the left to get an open hearing on Russian Federation for months.