A pair of prominent Republican US senators said on Sunday that the United States must move promptly to prepare new sanctions against Russian Federation to discourage interference in upcoming elections. When asked about what came out of the summit, Bossert said, "President Trump had a productive set of conversations".
Clinton, who lost to Trump in the 2016 election, said "It's fair to say it was a broad and unfortunately successful attack on our electoral system".
Sen. Ben Sasse, a Nebraska Republican, called his comments "bizarre and flat-out wrong"; Arizona's Jeff Flake deemed them "shameful"; and Lindsey Graham of SC said they will be perceived as "a sign of weakness".
The week only worse for the president, his staff, and his party after that, though it's still not clear Trump understands why, just like it's not clear how he could have possibly expected to avoid such an inevitable line of questioning in Helsinki, something his beleaguered aides surely tried to prepare him for ahead of time.
Now with Pompeo heading the State Department, Coats has been thrust into the limelight as the voice of the intelligence community.
"The sentence should have been: 'I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be Russian Federation, '" he said.
Trump waited 27 hours, sent five tweets and sat for two television interviews after his initial comments in Helsinki before claiming he'd used a confusing "double negative" and meant "would" instead of "wouldn't" in a key sentence at his press conference about who was responsible for election meddling.
Trump subsequently said he misspoke, but has not acknowledged that he repeatedly put the USA intelligence community's assessment and Putin's denials on the same footing.
Director of national intelligence Dan Coats said his comments at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado were not meant to be critical of the president's decision to invite Mr Putin to a meeting in Washington later this year.
Trump appeared to answer, "No".
The news of the invitation to the Russian leader was also confirmed on Twitter by Sarah Sanders, the White House Press Secretary.
Cecilia Vega, the ABC News reporter who asked the question, said on Twitter that she believes the president heard her clearly and that Trump was looking directly at her when he spoke.
In addition to his pointed remarks about Russia, Rubio also anticipated that there could be further sanctions from the USA on Nicaragua, given recent violence in the Latin American nation.
On Thursday, the White House announced the two leaders would meet again in the fall, around the time of the congressional midterm elections the USA intelligence community says Russian Federation is trying to meddle in. "The reality is, we have no idea what this president, our president, agreed to", Schiff said.
But election meddling wasn't the only issue to come out of the summit. The New York Times later reported, and the former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper confirmed to CNN, that Trump was briefed on specific United States intelligence indicating that Putin personally ordered the 2016 Russian influence campaign.
He noted, however, that what the president needs to do "is lead this nation to make sure the 2018 election is protected and he needs to be the leader of the movement, not brought to the dance reluctantly".