Reporter to @POTUS: Just now, President Putin denied having anything to do with the election interference in 2016. Every U.S. intelligence agency has concluded that Russia did. My first question for you sir is, who do you believe? https://t.co/ayZoKGvWxk pic.twitter.com/b5ad79963g
— CBS News (@CBSNews) July 16, 2018
Asked during the joint Presser between President Trump and Putin, who President Trump believed, U.S. Intelligence agency who has stated that Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election clearly favoring then candidate Trump over Hillary Clinton, or Putin, Trump answered in part, “I will say this, I don’t see any reason why it would be…”
His whole answer for context
So let me just say that we have two thoughts. You have groups wondering why the FBI never took the server. Why haven’t they taken the server? Why was the FBI told to leave the office of the democratic national committee. I’ve been wondering that. I’ve been asking that for months and months and I’ve been tweeting it out and calling it out on social media. Where is the server. I want to know where is the server and what is the server saying. With that being said, all I can do is ask the question, people came to me, Dan Coats came to me and some others and said they think it’s Russia. I have President Putin he just said its not Russia. I will say this I don’t see any reason why it would be, but I really do want to see the server, but I have, but I have confidence in both parties. I really believe this will probably go one for a while, but I don’t think it can go on without finding out what happened to the server. What happened to the servers of the Pakistan gentleman, that worked on the DNC, where are the servers. There missing, where are they. What happened to Hillary Clinton’s emails, 33, 000 emails gone, just gone. I think in Russia they wouldn’t be gone so easily. I think it’s a disgrace, that we can’t get Hillary Clinton’s 33,000 emails…
The clip ends with “I have great faith.”
Twitter responded both for and against President Trump’s comments.
Remember that time republicans were mad because “Obama apologized for America”?
Trump just called our country stupid for taking a stand against autocracy, human right violations, murdering journalists/opposition, and invading other sovereign nations. Also they ATTACKED US.
— JLHRVA (@notjessagain) July 16, 2018
Trump asked just now who he believes, his own intelligence agencies or Putin.
He won't answer. But he speaks more favorably of Putin. TRUMP WON'T STAND WITH HIS OWN COUNTRY.
That's it. That should be the final straw. It is for me.
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) July 16, 2018
Donald Trump’s press conference performance in Helsinki rises to & exceeds the threshold of “high crimes & misdemeanors.” It was nothing short of treasonous. Not only were Trump’s comments imbecilic, he is wholly in the pocket of Putin. Republican Patriots: Where are you???
— John O. Brennan (@JohnBrennan) July 16, 2018
Neil Cavuto of Fox Business calls Trump's press conference "disgusting", "That sets us back a lot." pic.twitter.com/R2ZIjyFyPR
— Axios (@axios) July 16, 2018
Something tells me Trump’s easy acceptance of Putin’s POV will send his critics into an even higher state of hysterics. Trump’s supporters will not be moved. And the few people left in the middle like me think he should have been tougher on Putin, but we’ll wait for Mueller.
— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) July 16, 2018
Media was grotesque in my opinion because you can’t expect answers in one meeting! Where are the servers?
— Melinda Schuman (@Tenderhearted3) July 16, 2018
I am actually Proud!! A president that cares more about doing the RIGHT thing for America vs being politically correct
— farmer (@farmer11278) July 16, 2018
Does anyone really think Putin would stop attempting to influence our elections because Trump called him on it in Helsinki?
Putin will play fair with the US when he believes it is in Russia's best interests to do so. As a businessman, only Trump GETS this.
— Bill Mitchell (@mitchellvii) July 16, 2018
Foreign policy must be based on reality,not hyperbole or wishful thinking. And the reality is #Russia is an adversary. Because #Putin doesn’t believe in win/win scenarios & thinks only way to make Russia stronger is to make U.S. weaker. Any approach not based on this will fail.
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) July 16, 2018
Missed opportunity by President Trump to firmly hold Russia accountable for 2016 meddling and deliver a strong warning regarding future elections.
This answer by President Trump will be seen by Russia as a sign of weakness and create far more problems than it solves. (1/3)
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) July 16, 2018
Millions of Americans will continue to wonder if the only possible explanation for this dangerous behavior is the possibility that President Putin holds damaging information over President Trump.
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) July 16, 2018
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan issued a statement
— Dickie-Bob Delaunay (@Sh00pZ) July 16, 2018