Flake to Trump: 'Fake news' didn't side with Putin, you did
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GOP Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeTrump suggests Heller lost reelection bid because he was 'hostile' during 2016 presidential campaign Live coverage: Trump delivers State of the Union Sasse’s jabs at Trump spark talk of primary challenger MORE (Ariz.) hit back at President TrumpDonald John TrumpGillibrand backs federal classification of third gender: report Former Carter pollster, Bannon ally Patrick Caddell dies at 68 Heather Nauert withdraws her name from consideration for UN Ambassador job MORE on Tuesday after he blamed the "fake news media" for misconstruing his remarks at a joint press with Russian President Vladimir Putin. 

"I would say to the president that we all watched the press conference, and it wasn't fake news media that sided with the Russian president over our own intelligence agencies. It was you," Flake said from the Senate floor. 
 
Trump lashed out at the media's coverage of the Helsinki summit — where he refused to condemn Putin for Moscow's meddling in the 2016 election — during a string of tweets earlier Tuesday. 
 
"While I had a great meeting with NATO, raising vast amounts of money, I had an even better meeting with Vladimir Putin of Russia," Trump tweeted.
 
"Sadly, it is not being reported that way - the Fake News is going Crazy!" he added. 
 
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Trump's comments during a joint press conference with Putin sparked intense backlash on Capitol Hill, where Republicans are debating passing a resolution or slapping additional financial penalties on Russia. 
 
Flake on Monday called Trump's comments "shameful" and added on Tuesday that "I feel the same today." 

"This body must stand and reaffirm that we stand with the men and women of the Department of Justice who have brought these 12 indictments against individuals from the Russian Federation who interfered with our elections," he said. 
 
He added that the Senate needs to stand with European allies while countering "those real adversaries that we have, and right now Russia is an adversary." 
 
Trump tried on Tuesday afternoon to quell the furor sparked by his joint press conference with Putin. 
 
The president said that he accepts the U.S. intelligence community’s assessment that Russia interfered in the 2016 election.
 
But then Trump appeared to cast doubt on Moscow's involvement, adding that “other people” could have been involved.