"The president must appreciate that Russia is not our ally. There is no moral equivalence between the United States and Russia, which remains hostile to our most basic values and ideals.”
--Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.)
"Today’s press conference in Helsinki was one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory."
--John McCain (R-Ariz.)
“America wants a good relationship with the Russian people but Vladimir Putin and his thugs are responsible for Soviet-style aggression. When the President plays these moral equivalence games, he gives Putin a propaganda win he desperately needs.”
--Sen Bob Sasse (R-Neb.)
"President Trump must clarify his statements in Helsinki on our intelligence system and Putin. It is the most serious mistake of his presidency and must be corrected—-immediately."
--Former Rep. Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.)
But at least one Republican disagreed:
“Bravo Trump! Bravo Russia! Bravo to all the true American Patriots who put America first and Peace and Justice first before the Zionist Deep Evil State ruling American Media and Politics. Russia has values America once had and America the values that Communist Russia had!”
--Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke (R-Crazytown)