President Trump is getting what could be the worst press of his presidency after a press conference with Vladimir Putin that is widely being described as disgraceful. Trump, standing alongside the Russian leader after their summit in Helsinki, rejected the finding of American intelligence agencies that Russia interfered in the 2016 election and indicated that he believed Putin's claim that there was no interference. Trump allies were among those criticizing his remarks, with Newt Gingrich urging him to immediately correct the "most serious mistake of his presidency." A roundup of other reactions:
- Disgraceful. "Today’s press conference in Helsinki was one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory," Sen. John McCain said in a statement. "The damage inflicted by President Trump’s naiveté, egotism, false equivalence, and sympathy for autocrats is difficult to calculate. But it is clear that the summit in Helsinki was a tragic mistake." No prior president, McCain said, "has ever abased himself more abjectly before a tyrant."