Kate Riga

Kate Riga is a news writer for Talking Points Memo based in New York City. Before joining TPM, Kate was the political reporter for The Southampton Press. She is a graduate of Georgetown University and a native of Philadelphia.

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Joining her colleague and Fox Business Network host Neil Cavuto, Fox News host Abby Huntsman voiced a rebuke of President Donald Trump Monday after his refusal to denounce Russian President Vladimir Putin for Russian election hacking.

Cavuto called Trump’s performance “disgusting” and part of a presser that “set us back.”

The dissension from both hosts is notable, as Trump sat down with their colleagues Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson for exclusive interviews Monday. In addition, Huntsman is the daughter of Jon Huntsman, the current U.S. ambassador to Russia.

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After the shocking Trump-Putin presser when President Donald Trump refused to denounce Russian President Vladimir Putin for the Russians indicted for election meddling, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) tweeted his support for U.S. intelligence agencies and need to protect our elections.

Hatch is not seeking reelection in 2018.

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During his Fox Business Network show Monday, host Neil Cavuto called President Donald Trump’s failure to denounce Russian President Vladimir Putin for the Russian interference in the 2016 election “disgusting,” saying that the presser “set us back a lot.”

“That made it disgusting. That made his performance disgusting,” Cavuto said of Trump’s refusal to even criticize the Russian President. “Only way I feel. Not a right or left thing to me. It is wrong.”

“A U.S. President on foreign soil talking to our biggest enemy or adversary or competitor, I don’t know how we define them, essentially letting the guy get away with this, not even offering a mild, a mild criticism,” he continued. “That sets us back a lot.”

Cavuto’s criticism is especially notable as his colleagues Fox News hosts Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson have exclusive interviews with Trump about the summit Monday night.

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) took to Twitter to reflect on the Trump-Putin presser Monday, when President Donald Trump did not denounce Russian President Vladimir Putin for Russians’ proven tampering in the 2016 U.S. election. Graham called the press conference a “missed opportunity.”

Graham is an occasional critic of Trump and is not up for reelection until 2020.

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Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) weighed in Monday on the stunning joint press conference with President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, where Trump refused to denounce Putin for the 12 Russian officials indicted for tampering in the 2016 U.S. election.

Though Amash’s critique is mild, it is a notable dissension for a Republican who is not retiring from Congress.

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During the press conference after their one-on-one meeting, Russian President Vladimir Putin was asked if he had any “compromising material” on President Donald Trump, alluding to the infamous pee tape—and Putin did not outrightly deny it.

After a pause and some nervous laughter in the room, Putin begged off the question, saying that he didn’t know Trump or that he was in Moscow then.

“Yeah, I did hear these rumors that this allegedly collected compromising material on Mr. Trump when he was visiting Moscow,” Putin said through a translator.

“Distinguished colleague, let me tell you this, when President Trump was in Moscow back then, I didn’t even know that he was in Moscow. I treat President Trump with utmost respect, but back then when he was a private individual, a businessman, nobody informed me that he was in Moscow,” he continued.

“Please disregard these issues and don’t think about this anymore again,” he finished.

Trump then piped up, saying that the tape would have been released by now if anyone had it.

The tapes were mentioned in the Steele dossier, alleging that Trump performed sex acts including urine with prostitutes in Moscow in 2013. Some have hypothesized that if Putin has recordings of the event, he may be using them to blackmail Trump.

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Standing at a podium next to Russian President Vladimir Putin after their one-on-one meeting, President Donald Trump took the opportunity to repeatedly brag about his 2016 victory and the “clean” campaign he ran.

“That was a clean campaign,” Trump said in response to a question about holding Russia responsible for the 12 officials who tampered with the election. “I beat Hillary Clinton easily and, frankly, we beat her and I’m not even saying from the standpoint, we won that race.”

Trump brought up his favorite topic again when he jumped in to answer a follow-up question for Putin about extraditing the 12 indicted Russians.

“As you know, the concept of that came up perhaps a little before, but it came out as a reason why the Democrats lost an election, which frankly, they should have been able to win, because the electoral college is much more advantageous for Democrats, as you know, than it is to Republicans,” Trump said. “We won the electoral college by a lot. 306 to 223 I believe. That was a well fought battle. We did a great job.”

He later added: “We ran a brilliant campaign. That’s why I’m President.”

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In a joint press conference after a one-on-one meeting, Russian Vladimir Putin, standing next to President Donald Trump, addressed the “so-called” Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election on Monday, saying that Russia had never and would never tamper with American internal affairs.

Putin went on to offer his assistance in analyzing any “specific material” pertaining to Russian meddling that may come to light.

“Any specific material, if such things arise, we are ready to analyze together,” he said. “For instance, we can analyze them through the joint working group on cyber security, the establishment of which we discussed during our previous contacts.”

Trump addressed the election tampering in his opening comments as well, saying that “President Putin may very well want to address it and very strongly, because he feels strongly about it. He has an interesting idea.” He did not elaborate on the idea.

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) displayed remarkable indifference to the news that Russians definitely tampered with the 2016 American presidential election, saying on CNN Sunday that “we all do it.”

“I think really we mistake our response if we think it’s about accountability from the Russians,” Paul told CNN’s Jake Tapper. “They are another country, they are going to spy on us, do spy on us. They are going to interfere in our elections, we also do the same…We all do it.”

He cited that the United States has allegedly tampered in other nations’ elections 81 times, saying “all countries that want to interfere in elections and have the ability to, they try.”

He added that the U.S. needs to step up protections of the election process, and blamed both Hillary Clinton and former President Barack Obama for exacerbating tensions with Russia that led to the 2016 hack.

Paul ended his interview by saying that NATO’s protection of sovereign countries and Russia invading them is a “chicken and egg” situation, voicing the Russian perspective that an expanding NATO is a threat.

Last week, Paul was one of two senators to vote against a motion affirming the importance of a strong and united NATO.

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Prince Charles and Prince William, the first two in the line of succession to the throne, refused to meet with President Donald Trump during his UK visit, according to a Sunday London Times report.

Though officials from Downing Street and Buckingham Palace denied the reports, saying that Trump and the Queen were always meant to meet alone, sources and senior courtiers told the Times differently.

“This business of Prince Charles and Prince William not being there for the Trump visit was a snub,” an unnamed source told the Times. “They simply refused to attend. It’s a very, very unusual thing for the Queen to be there on her own.”

In addition, a Whitehall official told the Times that the Queen’s interaction with Trump was “kept to the bare minimum. The Queen will do her duty, but among the wider family, they were not as enthusiastic as they were when Obama came over.”

Trump’s UK visit does look very different from that of President Barack Obama.

Per the Times, the Obamas’ 2016 trip involved a Windsor Castle lunch with the Queen and Prince Philip, as well as a Kensington Palace dinner with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.

Earlier this year, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi got a meeting with the Queen as well as a visit to a science exhibition with Prince Charles.

This would not be the first time that the Royals snubbed Trump, as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle refused to invite him to their wedding in May.

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