President Donald Trump remained defiant on Tuesday after critics from both parties ripped him for his fawning press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
"While I had a great meeting with NATO, raising vast amounts of money, I had an even better meeting with Vladimir Putin of Russia," Trump wrote. "Sadly, it is not being reported that way - the Fake News is going Crazy!"
While I had a great meeting with NATO, raising vast amounts of money, I had an even better meeting with Vladimir Pu… https://t.co/4BGXYfNXl9— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1531837348.0
Multiple Trump allies -- ranging from former House Speaker Newt Gingrich to former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci to "Fox & Friends" host Brian Kilmeade -- all chided the president for refusing to say that he took the word of American intelligence agencies over the word of Putin about Russian election interference in 2016.
Kilmeade and Scaramucci both went on cable news Tuesday morning to make direct appeals to Trump to atone for his widely condemned joint appearance with Putin, but so far the president has refused to heed their advice.