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But public reaction nationally appears more muted than in Washington, where Trump faced withering bipartisan criticism for appearing to side with Putin over U.S. intelligence agencies at a Monday news conference held in Helsinki.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, is urging President Trump to safeguard the US election process ahead of the 2018 midterm elections, telling the president to "lead this nation to make sure the 2018 election is protected".

"I certainly think he's acting like someone who's compromised, and it may very well be that he is compromised or it may very well be that he believes that he's compromised, that the Russians have information on him", he replied.

Trump's comments led to a quick rebuke from top Republicans in Congress, as well as many Democrats, and the President later said that he misspoke during the press conference and that he holds Putin personally responsible for election interference. When asked about Trump casting doubts about US intelligence in regards to Russian meddling, the number jumped to 56 percent disapproving to just 29 percent approving.

"And they didn't agree on anything, unlike what has been reported by apparently the Russian government in a way to mislead us", Bossert said. "That is separate from the question of whether or not we should be clear-eyed about who Putin is", Rubio said.

She said: "President Trump asked (national security adviser John Bolton) to invite President Putin to Washington in the fall and those discussions are already underway".

Forty-eight percent of Russians surveyed two days after Putin sat down with Trump at the summit said they expected U.S. -Russia relations to stay the same, while 38 percent said they were optimistic about an improved relationship.

Schiff classified Trump's face-to-face summit with Putin with only translators present as being "productive for Vladimir Putin". "I think the Russians elected a former KGB agent and he spends all of his time and their resources squandering it on penny ante spy tactics".

Mr Coats, who oversees the nation's 17 intelligence agencies, also said that if he had been asked, he would have advised Mr Trump against meeting Mr Putin alone, with just interpreters.

There was a significant danger that left to his own devices, he might have been persuaded by President Putin to do the same in the Baltic states and Poland, which would have provoked an immediate crisis between the United States and its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies.

In a series of combative Twitter posts Sunday, Trump declared that last Monday's summit with Putin, and their side-by-side news conference that drew bipartisan negative reviews, had been "GREAT".

"He offered for - or he seemed to be willing to consider an offer to hand over our ambassador to Russia, former ambassador Michael McFaul and others to - the Russians for questioning".

Partisans split in their ratings of Trump's meeting with Putin, but Republicans are less united in support for Trump than in other recent polls about his presidency. When Trump said "no", Vega followed up: "No, you don't believe that to be the case?"

But the Republican senator also stressed he has not seen a reason yet to believe Trump or his campaign colluded with Russian Federation. "There's no inherent problem with two leaders, even from hostile countries, engaging in dialogue".

"The possibility of a civil war in Nicaragua is real", Rubio said. "There is a direct national security interest for the United States in seeing democracy and stability in Nicaragua".