Gov. Scott Walker took a different approach when FOX6 News asked whether he agreed with President Trump, who said Monday during a joint news conference with Putin that "I don't see any reason why" Russian Federation would have interfered.
Trump's comments at the news conference with Putin drew criticism from across the partisan spectrum, with Democrats and Republicans alike condemning the US president's unwillingness to say whether the Russians sought to interfere in the 2016 election, despite the consensus of the USA intelligence community.
Having denied Russian interference in the election and the possibility that the Russian government may have blackmail on Mr. Trump, Putin said that the US and Russia are "starting to achieve some understanding" between each other.
Putin declined to take the copy from Wallace, and the two men repeatedly talked over one another as the Russian president sought to rebuke the United States intelligence community's widespread assessment that Moscow interfered in the 2016 election with the aim of boosting Trump and damaging Hillary Clinton's candidacy.
After the press conference, President Trump told CBS News that he basically believed what he said, that he doesn't think that Russian Federation meddled in our elections.
Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, a Republican and a Trump appointee, responded to Trump's remarks and stood by the United States agencies.
Asked whether he had wanted Mr Trump to win the 2016 election and had instructed officials to help him, Mr Putin said "Yes I did", although he denied any interference, saying the allegations were "complete nonsense".
"Putin directed an attack on our American democracy & Russian Federation interfered with our elections", Baldwin tweeted.
Yet instead of viewing the indictments as a reason for challenging Putin, Trump on Monday trashed the investigation by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III that led to the charges.
If there was a bright side, it's this: It might be the only way for some Americans to understand just how alarmed they should be about their president's perspective on Russian Federation. He is right that the committee did not turn its communications system over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation as the agency investigated Russian hacking.
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In Washington Monday, U.S. political leaders reacted with shock over Trump's comments following his talks with Putin.
Lawmakers in both major parties and former intelligence officials appeared shocked, dismayed and uneasy with Trump's suggestion that he believes Putin's denial of interfering in the 2016 elections. "The flaw is that Vladimir Putin is not interested in a better working relationship".
Trump informed reporters at a news conference in Finland's presidential palace that he spent a "great deal of time" addressing the Russian meddling issue.
"Not always - well, haven't presidents been killed in the United States?" Putin's actions, and his alone, are why U.S. -Russia relations are at a low point.
Trump said of Putin: "He just said it's not Russian Federation".
"The damage inflicted by President Trumps naivete, egotism, false equivalence, and sympathy for autocrats is hard to calculate.
At 90 percent of the nuclear power in the world between these two nations, and we've had a phony witch hunt deal it drive us apart".
Astonished Republicans and Democrats uniformly condemned Mr Trump, with harsh criticism coming even from hosts on Fox News - a network normally friendly to the president. Putin subsequently reiterated that Russian Federation had no ability to actually influence votes, and that the real issue at hand was the fact that the content of the emails revealed the DNC officials were biased towards Clinton.
Some other Republicans in Congress also criticized Putin without attacking Trump.
"Today's press conference in Helsinki was one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory. I think it's a disgrace that we can't get Hillary Clinton's 33,000 e-mails", he said.