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Trump announces he's teaming up with Putin to fight election hacking, leaving top Republicans in disbelief

President Trump’s touting of a proposed partnership with Russia on cyber-security drew withering reviews Sunday from lawmakers, including several from his own party, while the president’s aides were left struggling to answer questions about just how hard Trump pressed Russian President Vladimir Putin on Moscow’s meddling in last year’s U.S. presidential election.

Trump’s encounter with Putin on the sidelines of the Group of 20 economic summit in Hamburg, Germany, on Friday was his first meeting as president with the Russian leader. It came after months of controversy over Russian cyber-meddling and whether anyone close to Trump’s campaign had colluded in it.

The White House has sought to portray Trump’s trip to Germany and a stopover beforehand in Poland as a solid success, despite a striking degree of U.S. isolation over climate change and trade at the G-20 gathering.

Trump returned Saturday to what promises to be a bruising new round of battles over the faltering Senate healthcare plan and fresh GOP anxiety over whether the party, which controls both houses of Congress, can notch meaningful legislative achievements by summer’s end.

As often happens, Trump made the job of White House underlings more difficult — this time, with a series of tweets Sunday morning in which he again seemed to equivocate on whether Russian hacking had taken place. He also revived attack lines against former President Obama and John Podesta, who ran Hillary Clinton’s losing presidential campaign.

Almost as soon as the Trump-Putin talks ended Friday after more than two hours of discussions, the Russians embarked on a public relations offensive. With the U.S. side staying out of camera range, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov happily informed reporters that Trump had accepted Putin’s denial of interference in the campaign.

Putin reinforced that narrative Saturday, saying that Trump had seemed “satisfied” with his protestations of innocence.

The Trump administration presented its own nuanced version, via Secretary of State Rex Tillerson: that the president had repeatedly raised the issue of cyber-meddling with Putin and the two sides had agreed it was time to move on to other and more pressing issues, including the continuing bloodbath in Syria.

Trump himself weighed in with a series of tweets Sunday saying he had “strongly pressed” Putin over election interference and that the Russian leader “vehemently denied it.”

White House officials said Sunday that Trump did not believe Putin’s denials, though neither he nor aides have described him pushing back against them at the time.

“The president absolutely did not believe the denial of President Putin,” Reince Priebus, Trump’s chief of staff, said on “Fox News Sunday.”

Trump in his tweets avoided that point, saying only, “I've already given my opinion.”

As recently as Thursday, Trump expressed doubts about whether Russia had interfered in the election, remarking in a news conference in Warsaw that “I think it could very well have been Russia, but I think it could well have been other countries.”

“Nobody really knows for sure,” he said.

Rather than repeat those doubts, Trump’s tweets touted his talk with Putin about creating an “impenetrable Cyber Security unit” to combat abuses like hacking and online propaganda.

That prospect that left some leading Republicans scarcely able to contain their disbelief.

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