President Donald Trump is meeting with congressional lawmakers at the White House today, but indications suggest that he will open up the conversation by addressing his controversial summit with Vladimir Putin. The statement is scheduled to come at 2:00 p.m. ET.
Trump’s joint presser with the Russian leader has drawn monumental bipartisan condemnation, even from some of the president’s most vocal supporters. Most of the criticism gravitates around the moments when Trump cast doubt upon the American intelligence community, cozied up to Putin, and said the U.S. shares blame with Russia for the deteriorated ties between the two countries.
These remarks came just days after Robert Mueller announced indictments for 12 Russian military intelligence operatives for efforts to meddle with the 2016 presidential election.
As the White House faces ongoing criticism and a rebuke from DNI director Dan Coats, Trump continues to stand by his diplomatic efforts and Putin’s “very, very strong” denial of any election interference. On Twitter, Trump has denied the idea that he threw his intelligence operatives under the bus while writing off the latest criticisms as “fake news.”
Watch above, via NBC.
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