Trump has repeatedly branded the Mueller probe a "witch hunt".
But, halfway across the world from that summit in Helsinki, Finland, at the International Fountain in Seattle, Sergey Gladysh, president of the Russian-American Cooperation Initiative says it was a good day for international relations between the two countries.
A wave of condemnation by US lawmakers from both Republican and Democratic parties followed President Donald Trump's failure at a Helsinki summit to warn Russian President Vladimir Putin about meddling in the 2016 USA election.
The exchange appeared to amuse the two leaders but it did not go down so well back in Washington, where many figures from both sides of the political spectrum felt Trump had been too trusting of Putin's denials of covert interference.
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According to prosecutors, Butina claimed that infiltrating the NRA would be key in improving Russia-US relationships. An ally of Putin , Torshin is now a senior official with Russia's central bank and a former top Russian politician.
Over on "The Daily Show," Trevor Noah mocked Trump for blaming both the United States and Russian Federation for the breakdown of relations between the countries.
"So many people at the higher ends of intelligence loved my press conference performance in Helsinki".
The New York delegation was not alone in expressing disappointment with the news conference.
While it's good to keep lines of communications open, the United States must remain vigilant against Russian activities, she said.
"Even before the election he was like a scared child, afraid to criticize Vladimir Putin", said Scarborough. Will Hurd, a San Antonio Republican who served as an undercover Central Intelligence Agency officer.
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Putin said allegations that Russian intelligence agencies had collected compromising information on Trump were "sheer nonsense". Putin, speaking through an interpreter, once again denied what he described as "so-called interference of Russian Federation ".
House Speaker Paul Ryan weighed in to say there was "no question" Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 presidential election and "no moral equivalence" between the United States and Russian Federation.
"The president must appreciate that Russian Federation is not our ally", Ryan said.
Following the press conference, Netanyahu released a statement thanking the two leaders for their commitment to Israel's security and stating that he "very much appreciates the security coordination between Israel and Russian Federation and the clear position expressed by President Putin regarding the need to uphold the 1974 Separation of Forces Agreement between Israel and Syria".
But several Republicans who do not typically buck the President raised concerns, shocked by Monday's performance.
Democrats pleaded with their GOP colleagues who have majority control of Congress to rein in the President and become a stronger legislative check on the executive branch.
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Donald Trump is an "American patriot", not a traitor to his country, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says.