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On the question of Russia's interference in the 2016 election, President Trump appears to have a blind spot he simply can not overcome. "The Democrats want to try to find that one drop of blood in the water so that they can focus on Russian Federation, their favorite subject".

But public reaction nationally appears more muted than in Washington, where Trump faced withering bipartisan criticism for appearing to side with Putin over US intelligence agencies at a Monday news conference in Helsinki.

Trump was widely criticized for his rhetoric and demeanor in Helsinki after he appeared to side with Putin over the USA intelligence community on the subject of Russian election interference.

Still, Barletta avoided criticizing Trump or, for that matter, Putin, the man who Trump is inviting to the White House this fall.

The poll was taken beginning the day before Trump's Helsinki summit, so includes respondents who were exposed to some of the furious blowback after Trump called Putin's denial of meddling in the US election 'powerful'.

The share of voters who believe Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election rose to 65 percent, up 8 percentage points from June 2017, according to the poll. Trump has denied any collusion and has repeatedly called the Mueller probe a "hoax" and a "witch hunt".

After returning to the USA, the president claimed he misspoke in Helsinki and said he believed the U.S. intelligence community's conclusion that Russian Federation interfered in the election, though he added it could be "other people also". Bob Casey, blasted Trump's conduct in Helsinki as "dangerous and reckless".

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In a series of tweets Thursday morning, Trump argued his summit with Putin "was a great success". Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, did not shy away from criticizing Trump's comments in Helsinki.

"Say that again. Did I hear you?" he asked, appearing amused.

Toomey also aggressively attacked Putin, calling him a "bad actor" who should be treated as an global pariah. Most Americans do not feel Trump went "too far" in supporting Putin, and while more Americans say USA leadership has gotten weaker than stronger under Trump, his ratings on this question are slightly improved from last fall.

Putin and other Russian officials have said that Trump and Putin reached several agreements at the July 16 summit in Helsinki, their first full-fledged meeting since Trump took office on January 2017.

A small portion of Trump's support continues to come from Democrats, with nine percent approving of him.

Barletta also has said he expects Trump will campaign for him in Pennsylvania and marshal "a lot" of money from donors to help him.

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