WTF! I missed this part... Putin offered to have American investigators go to Russia to work with their investigators on the 12 indictments from yesterday... and Trump said that's an incredible offer! Did Stephen Colbert write Trump's press conference answers!? Putin is doing this for fun at this point.
Anyway ... Republican reactions in general...
Newt Gingrich: “President Trump must clarify his statements in Helsinki on our intelligence system and Putin. It is the most serious mistake of his presidency and must be corrected—-immediately.”
Lindsay Graham: "Missed opportunity by President Trump to firmly hold Russia accountable for 2016 meddling and deliver a strong warning regarding future elections. This answer by President Trump will be seen by Russia as a sign of weakness and create far more problems than it solves. If it were me, I’d check the soccer ball for listening devices and never allow it in the White House."
Paul Ryan: "There is no question that Russia interfered in our election and continues attempts to undermine democracy here and around the world. That is not just the finding of the American intelligence community but also the House Committee on Intelligence. The president must appreciate that Russia is not our ally. There is no moral equivalence between the United States and Russia, which remains hostile to our most basic values and ideals. The United States must be focused on holding Russia accountable and putting an end to its vile attacks on democracy."
Mitch McConnell: "I've said a number of times and I say it again, the Russians are not our friends and I entirely believe the assessment of our intelligence community."
Tim Scott: "The President's summit in Helsinki today should have been an attempt at confronting Russian aggression, hacking, and election interference. Russia is not a friend or ally. As Americans, we stand up for our interests and values abroad; but I fear today was a step backwards."
Liz Cheney: "As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, I am deeply troubled by President Trump's defense of Putin against the intelligence agencies of the U.S. & his suggestion of moral equivalence between the U.S. and Russia. Russia poses a grave threat to our national security."
Trey Gowdy: "I am confident former CIA Director and current Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, DNI Dan Coats, Ambassador Nikki Haley, FBI Director Chris Wray, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and others will be able to communicate to the President it is possible to conclude Russia interfered with our election in 2016 without delegitimizing his electoral success." (Now I'm no so sure about that last part, but Gowdy knows Russia f***ed with the 2016 election.)
William Hurd: "I've seen the Russian intelligence manipulate many people many people in my career, and I never would have thought the US President would be one of them."
That's not all of them, but it shows how pretty much nobody is his own party supports Donald Trump trusting Putin over US intelligence agencies... and before any of the usuals here deny it, that's exactly what Trump made clear at the press conference in Helsinki. My question to any Republican who sees just how abhorrent what Trump did today is, which seems to be everybody, can this now be your threshold where you stop supporting Trump? He trusts VLADIMIR PUTIN more than US intelligence agencies FFS!