Here Are The Excuses Republicans Made For Donald Trump On Putin And Russian Meddling

WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 17: Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) and fellow House Republican leaders hold a news conference following their weekly caucus meeting at the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center July 17, 2018 in Washington, DC. After President Donald Trump said he believed President Vladimir Putin that Russia did not interfere with the 2016 presidential election during a news conference in Finland, Ryan released a statement critical of Trump. “There is no question that Russia interfered in our election and continues attempts to undermine democracy here and around the world,” Ryan said in a statement. ÒThe president must appreciate that Russia is not our ally.” (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON ― Not only do congressional Republicans seem unwilling to criticize President Donald Trump for sucking up to Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday, but some said they don’t see any problem at all.

HuffPost asked more than two dozen Republicans about Trump’s comments on Monday at a press conference with Putin in Helsinki, and while Republicans were generally clear that Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election ― an assessment that Trump now seems to sort of endorse ― criticism of him was mostly muted, with some Republicans even praising him.

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