Former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.), a longtime supporter of President Trump, declared on Monday that Trump’s performance at a news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin was “the most serious mistake of his presidency.”
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.
— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) July 16, 2018
The comments from the former Speaker came after the U.S. president challenged his own intelligence community’s conclusion that Moscow interfered in the 2016 election during a joint news conference with Putin.
“They said they think it’s Russia. I have President Putin — he just said it’s not Russia,” Trump said, adding that he does not “see any reason why it would be” Russia.
Trump has repeatedly criticized the special counsel investigation into possible collusion between his campaign and Russia. But his remarks on Monday were an extraordinary break from his own administration, which last week indicted 12 Russian officials on charges of hacking Democratic servers in 2016.
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Source: the Hill