Published: Wed, July 25, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Most Americans think Trump isn’t tough enough on Russian Federation, new poll says

Most Americans think Trump isn’t tough enough on Russian Federation, new poll says

A combined average of all major polls shows that the Donald Trump approval rating took a slight dip from last week, with Trump's widely-panned meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday - in which Trump appeared subservient to the Russian strongman and continued to take Putin's word that Russia did not attack the 2016 presidential election over the detailed assessment of United States intelligence agencies, as the Inquisitr reported - proving unpopular with most Americans, despite strong Republican support for Trump's odd relationship with Putin.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller is continuing his criminal investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election, probing whether the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow.

It was just last week when Trump stood next to Vladimir Putin at a press conference and said he believed the Russian dictator's denial he didn't attack the 2016 election over the American intelligence community's conclusion.

But public reaction nationally appears more muted than in Washington, where Trump faced withering bipartisan criticism for appearing to side with Putin over U.S. intelligence agencies at a July 16 news conference in Helsinki.

Trump offered no evidence for his claim that Russian Federation would look to help Democrats win in 2018 beyond claiming he has been tougher on Russian Federation than his predecessors. Now some fear Putin may have overplayed a winning hand and are bracing for a US sanctions backlash.

Top U.S. intelligence officials say Russian Federation is again attempting to interfere in the U.S. electoral process in the November voting, although Trump administration officials have vowed to try to stop it.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch Mc Connell speaks to reporters at the Capitol as fallout continued over U.S. President Donald Trump's Helsinki summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Washington U.S

A majority of voters (73 per cent) considered Russian Federation to have succeeded in Helsinki while only 27 per cent said United States did. Among Republicans who were polled, 51 percent said they think so.

Since defending Putin in Helsinki and publicly doubting the United States intelligence community's findings, Trump has issued a stream of clarifications, corrections and conflicting statements that have prompted criticism from Democrats as well as members of his own party. Eighty-seven percent of Republicans and 54 percent of independents were among those who approved of a second Putin summit.

A total of 68 per cent of respondents were "very concerned" or "somewhat concerned" about Trump's Russian Federation relationship, compared to 32 percent who are "not so concerned" or "not concerned at all".

"People have picked sides on these issues", Miringoff said.

Whitman, who also served as former President George W. Bush's EPA administrator, continued by pointing out Trump's lack of credibility.

However, he quickly U-turned on his comments, saying: "I said the word "would" instead of "wouldn't". It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

Speaker Ryan Says US Will Stand by Nations Facing Russian Aggression
One day later, he insisted, reading from a script, "I have full faith and support for America's great intelligence agencies". He said his administration is doing everything possible to prevent Russian meddling in future elections.

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