July 16, 2018 / 4:29 PM / 5 months ago

U.S. Sen. Graham blasts Trump response on Russia election meddling

U.S. President Donald Trump gestures as he speaks during a joint news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin after their meeting in Helsinki, Finland July 16, 2018. REUTERS/Grigory Dukor

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, a senior Republican and member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, on Monday said President Donald Trump’s performance at a press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin will send Moscow a message of U.S. “weakness.”

Graham, in a tweet, said: “Missed opportunity by President Trump to firmly hold Russia accountable for 2016 meddling and deliver a strong warning regarding future elections. This answer by President Trump will be seen by Russia as a sign of weakness and create far more problems than it solves.”

Reporting By Richard Cowan and Amanda; Becker; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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