President Trump Works to Restore Relationship with Russia, Leaving Lawmakers Critical

President Trump is back at the White House Tuesday morning following a controversial meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Lawmakers, including many top Republicans, are critical of the summit, saying they want the president to accept that Russia is not our ally.

President Trump and President Putin spoke behind closed doors in Finland for more than two hours Monday, their first meeting since last November.

The president says Putin strongly denied Russia meddled in the 2016 election.

Going on to say he doesn’t have any reason not to trust him, despite all 17 U.S. intelligence agencies confirming Russian cyber-attacks on the Democratic Party.

At a news conference after the summit, Putin admitted he wanted Trump to win the election to help bring the U.S. and Russia relationship “back to normal.”

The president condemned the investigation led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, saying it’s bad for the country and an obstacle to better relations with Moscow.