During the live press conference, Trump said Putin was "extremely strong and powerful" in denying Russia's involvement in the election, despite the fact it came just three days after the Department of Justice indicted 12 Russians for hacking into DNC servers and distributing emails, with substantial, specific and damning evidence against them. When asked pointedly if he would denounce Russia's alleged involvement and warn Putin not to do it again, Trump waffled.
Instead, he said, "[Putin] said it's not Russia. I will say this, I don't see any reason why it would be."
Sara Haines said she'd "never seen a more weaselly answer," while Sunny Hostin said she believes he'll never say "the election was compromised" because it "delegitimizes his presidency." For Joy Behar, she thought it all just meant Russia's "got something on him," something stronger than "the pee pee tape."
"I take a lot of heat for not suffering from Trump derangement syndrome. I try and come on this show and call each issue by issue," said McCain. "What happened yesterday was extremely dangerous, its un-American, it's unpatriotic. Our president acted like a pathetic puppy who was completely neutered around a former KGB agent murderous dictator who has caused some of the worst atrocities."
"I never thought I would see this," she said, explaining that even the majority of people at Fox News were "going crazy" over what happened. "I am not overreacting. This is the worst day of his presidency was yesterday."
After calling it "so disgraceful to watch," Hostin wondered if it would change anything.
"I don't mean to make everything person, I know so much about Russian politics because of my father," she said of dad John McCain. "If he was physically capable of being here, he would be raging on the Senate floor. I am in agreement with this table I would like more Republicans to rage against this."
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TRUMP QUESTIONS U.S. INTELLIGENCE: The president has shockingly cast doubt on U.S. intelligence, calling Putin's meddling denial "strong and powerful" after his one-on-one meeting with the Russian leader. The co-hosts react. https://t.co/f8u2wc159S pic.twitter.com/GhKRys2fbN