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Sen. Susan Collins: Trump Failed to Deliver Forceful Response to Putin

Collins tweeted that Trump's statements at the summit in Helsinki demonstrate his continued refusal to accept the unanimous conclusions of U.S. intelligence leaders

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    Sen. Susan Collins: Trump Failed to Deliver Forceful Response to Putin
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    Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, speaks during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on 'Policy Response to Russian Interference in the 2016 U.S. Elections' on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, June 20, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

    Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine said President Donald Trump failed to deliver a "forceful response this moment demands" to about Russian President Vladimir Putin about meddling in the 2016 election.

    Independent Sen. Angus King tweeted that Trump needs to treat Russian interference "as the serious threat that it is" and stop attacking efforts to get to the bottom of what happened.

    Democratic Rep. Chellie Pingree was more blunt. She said the president "shamefully stood" on the world stage to declare his support for Russia and to undermine U.S. intelligence communities.

    Trump and Putin appeared together Monday in Helsinki, Finland.

    Putin, for his part, said for the first time that he wanted Trump to win the election, but insisted he had not interfered and never would in American elections.

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