"Say that again. Did I hear you?" he asked while chuckling and appearing confused. "They should stop meddling in our elections".
One official, asked if the reaction to Helsinki would be a more organized process, said this is often how the White House operates.
Democratic lawmakers erupted into chants of "USA!"
Meanwhile, Trump on Thursday tweeted his meeting with Putin had been a "great success" while once again stating the "Fake News Media" was the "real enemy of the American people".
The Ukrainian government would very likely be opposed to it. Kiev was against the referendum on the political status of Crimea and its 2014 annexation by Russian Federation shortly after the Euromaidan uprising. Mike Pompeo, the US Secretary claimed this, according to Reuters.
Critics said Trump followed the Russian line throughout his recent trip to Europe, parroting Putin's criticisms of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and the European Union.
Proposed by Senate Minority Leader Democrat Chuck Schumer and affirmed by every Republican in the upper chamber of Congress, the resolution agreed that the United States must refuse any request by the Russian government to interrogate Americans who have served in government, law enforcement, or the military.
Director of National Intelligence Dan Coatstold a security conference he's sure the ball "has been looked at very carefully". "And then in a public conversation disavow his own intelligence agencies and in many respects disavow his own country". Earlier this week, the two had a meeting in Finland. The Kremlin had said in April that the president had invited the Russian leader to the White House when they spoke by telephone in March. He went to George H.W.'s home. If Coats had been in Washington instead of the conference, he would have been informed about the plan, one source familiar with the inner workings of the White House said on condition of anonymity. For instance, when I served in the White House, under George W. Bush, he came to President Bush's home in Crawford, Texas.
The week only worse for the president, his staff, and his party after that, though it's still not clear Trump understands why, just like it's not clear how he could have possibly expected to avoid such an inevitable line of questioning in Helsinki, something his beleaguered aides surely tried to prepare him for ahead of time.
Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., said it's what happens "when you wage war on objective reality for almost two solid years, calling real things fake and fake things real". Butina was a gun-rights advocate in Moscow before moving to the U.S. as a graduate student at the American University, where she started a relationship with veteran Republican operative Paul Erickson and became a member of the pro-gun group NRA.