Senator Lindsey Graham said additional sanctions needed to be teed up before President Donald Trump holds a second meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin after the United States leader came under heavy criticism for failing to confront Putin about interference in the 2016 election at a summit last Monday.
Most Americans do not feel Trump went "too far" in supporting Putin, and while more Americans say U.S. leadership has gotten weaker than stronger under Trump, his ratings on this question are slightly improved from last fall.
Fifty-six percent disapprove of Trump expressing doubts about USA intelligence agencies' conclusion that Russian Federation tried to influence the 2016 election.
The two also discussed how to implement ideas on counterterrorism process coordination and the mutual goal of establishing business-to-business dialogue between private, non-governmentally controlled entities in the two countries, another deliverable of the Trump-Putin meeting. "I think that the United States of America sometimes has to meet with people that we don't have anything in common with..."
"He is an embarrassment to me and, as a Republican, I still feel that, you know, I just wish he would just learn to say things properly and maybe he wouldn't get himself into so much trouble", she replied.
But Mr Coats' display of surprise upon learning that Mr Trump had invited Mr Putin to Washington this autumn for a follow-on meeting drew the president's ire. And besides that, he had people in the room. "We need to know everything, and the president's national security team needs to know everything".
"We need to move forward from that with good public policy, and part of that is, I think, standing with our intelligence community", the Florida Republican told Margaret Brennan.
Trump waited 27 hours, sent five tweets and sat for two television interviews after his initial comments in Helsinki before claiming he'd used a confusing "double negative" and meant "would" instead of "wouldn't" in a key sentence at his press conference about who was responsible for election meddling. "The Russians interfered in our elections".
Rubio, a Republican who has been critical of Putin's tactics for years, said the president had no choice but to rescind his comments after the Helsinki news conference played out poorly.
When asked about Trump casting doubts about US intelligence in regards to Russian meddling, the number jumped to 56 percent disapproving to just 29 percent approving.
They add this: "Mr. Trump's job approval rose to 45% in a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, the highest mark of his presidency and up 1 percentage point from June".
"I think you're going to see, and there's already work being done, to set a series of sanctions against individuals and entities in Nicaragua", Rubio said.
But Gowdy said his issues with Trump's performance went beyond that one line.