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Republican Sen. Ben Sasse (NE) issued a harsh retort to President Donald Trump’s unprecedented behavior during a presser with Vladimir Putin, countering Trump’s assertion that the U.S. is also to blame for the decline in relations with Russia and calling Trump’s comments “bizarre and flat-out wrong.”

“This is bizarre and flat-out wrong,” he said in a statement. “The United States is not to blame. America wants a good relationship with the Russian people but Vladimir Putin and his thugs are responsible for Soviet-style aggression. When the President plays these moral equivalence games, he gives Putin a propaganda win he desperately needs.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) took to Twitter to reflect on the Trump-Putin presser Monday, when President Donald Trump did not denounce Russian President Vladimir Putin for Russians’ proven tampering in the 2016 U.S. election. Graham called the press conference a “missed opportunity.”

Graham is an occasional critic of Trump and is not up for reelection until 2020.

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Former CIA Director John Brennan reacted to President Donald Trump’s performance at a press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin with outrage on Monday, calling on Trump’s secretary of state, national security adviser and chief of staff to resign over the President’s behavior.

I cannot understand how the national security team can continue to abide by this and how Pompeo and Bolton and Kelly can continue in their jobs,” he told MSNBC after the press conference on Monday. “This, I think, rises to the point of good American patriots resigning in objection to that performance by Donald Trump. I’m at a loss of words to describe just how outrageous his words, his statements, his behavior has been.

“And one can only conclude that he fears Vladimir Putin and that one-on-one discussion, who knows what was discussed there,’ he continued. “And how Mr. Putin now is the master puppeteer of Donald Trump, the person who is in our oval office. Outrageous.”

Brennan tweeted similar remarks minutes earlier, calling the performance “treasonous.”

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Joe Walsh, the former Illinois Republican congressman who endorsed arming toddlers recently, said Monday that he’d never support President Donald Trump after seeing Trump’s joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin. He called Trump a “traitor.”

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Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) weighed in Monday on the stunning joint press conference with President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, where Trump refused to denounce Putin for the 12 Russian officials indicted for tampering in the 2016 U.S. election.

Though Amash’s critique is mild, it is a notable dissension for a Republican who is not retiring from Congress.

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Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) responded to President Trump’s press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday, calling the display “shameful.”

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President Donald Trump evaded and went on unrelated tangents Monday when asked if he believed American intelligence agencies’ assessments that Russia meddled in the 2016 election.

“Who do you believe?” the Associated Press’ Jonathan Lemire asked, after referring to Putin and the intelligence community’s clashing assertions.

Trump responded in part by saying “I don’t see any reason why it would be [Russia],” adding that he had “confidence in both parties” — that is, the intelligence community and Putin.

“I have great confidence in my intelligence people, but I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today,” Trump said later.

In between, he dipped and dodged by citing a number of unrelated stories, including the emails Hillary Clinton erased from her personal email server, and a debunked connection to a House Democratic staffer, who Trump referred to as “the Pakistani gentleman that worked on the DNC,” and who federal prosecutors determined had no connection to the stolen Democratic emails.

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Correction: This post initially misidentified the Associated Press journalist who asked Trump a question. He is Jonathan Lemire, not Lanier. TPM regrets the error.

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During the press conference after their one-on-one meeting, Russian President Vladimir Putin was asked if he had any “compromising material” on President Donald Trump, alluding to the infamous pee tape—and Putin did not outrightly deny it.

After a pause and some nervous laughter in the room, Putin begged off the question, saying that he didn’t know Trump or that he was in Moscow then.

“Yeah, I did hear these rumors that this allegedly collected compromising material on Mr. Trump when he was visiting Moscow,” Putin said through a translator.

“Distinguished colleague, let me tell you this, when President Trump was in Moscow back then, I didn’t even know that he was in Moscow. I treat President Trump with utmost respect, but back then when he was a private individual, a businessman, nobody informed me that he was in Moscow,” he continued.

“Please disregard these issues and don’t think about this anymore again,” he finished.

Trump then piped up, saying that the tape would have been released by now if anyone had it.

The tapes were mentioned in the Steele dossier, alleging that Trump performed sex acts including urine with prostitutes in Moscow in 2013. Some have hypothesized that if Putin has recordings of the event, he may be using them to blackmail Trump.

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CNN host Anderson Cooper responded to President Donald Trump’s behavior at a press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday, calling it “one of the most disgraceful” performances by an American President in front of a Russian leader that he had ever seen.

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Standing at a podium next to Russian President Vladimir Putin after their one-on-one meeting, President Donald Trump took the opportunity to repeatedly brag about his 2016 victory and the “clean” campaign he ran.

“That was a clean campaign,” Trump said in response to a question about holding Russia responsible for the 12 officials who tampered with the election. “I beat Hillary Clinton easily and, frankly, we beat her and I’m not even saying from the standpoint, we won that race.”

Trump brought up his favorite topic again when he jumped in to answer a follow-up question for Putin about extraditing the 12 indicted Russians.

“As you know, the concept of that came up perhaps a little before, but it came out as a reason why the Democrats lost an election, which frankly, they should have been able to win, because the electoral college is much more advantageous for Democrats, as you know, than it is to Republicans,” Trump said. “We won the electoral college by a lot. 306 to 223 I believe. That was a well fought battle. We did a great job.”

He later added: “We ran a brilliant campaign. That’s why I’m President.”

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