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Republican Reaction After Helsinki

President Donald Trump talks about his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, during a meeting with House Republicans in the Cabinet Room of the White House on July 17.
President Donald Trump talks about his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, during a meeting with House Republicans in the Cabinet Room of the White House on July 17.

A day after President Trump appeared to side with Russia instead of American intelligence agencies during a press conference with Vladimir Putin, the president said he misspoke.

— Reuters Politics (@ReutersPolitics) July 17, 2018

Trump also said he accepts the conclusions of the U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia meddled in the U.S. election. Read more about his statement from the New York Times.

But more skepticism about the intention of the president’s attempt to clarify followed:

— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) July 17, 2018

It seems the press conference and its aftermath could have some political consequences for Trump as fellow members of the Republican party continue to weigh in on his comments.

Former Republican congressman and current NewsMax host Joe Walsh tweeted this:

After 2day, that dance is over. The bad Trump now clearly outweighs any policy benefits.

He is a danger to this country. I can’t straddle anymore.

— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) July 16, 2018

Read more about how Republican lawmakers reacted here.

Short of verbally denouncing the president, what can current members of Congress do? Meanwhile, pundits and policymakers are wondering what’s next for the president’s base and for the country after Trump’s remarks on Russia.

For this show, we really want to hear from you, especially if you support the president, or if you voted for him and don’t support him anymore.

Tell us what’s on your mind at 855-236-1212, use our app, 1A VoxPop or find us on social media. We’ll be taking your calls live on the air as well.

See the entire press conference from July 16 here, courtesy of the PBS News Hour

Produced by Stef Collett, text by Gabi Healy.

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Gianno Caldwell, Fox News political analyst, Republican strategist; Principal at Caldwell Strategic Consulting; @giannocaldwell

Angie Dobnic Holan, Editor, Politifact

@AngieHolan

Mona Charen, Syndicated Columnist, Senior Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center, @monacharenEPPC

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