Former Speaker Newt Gingrich, a longtime supporter of President Trump, declared on Monday that Trump’s performance at a news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin was “the most serious mistake of his presidency.”
The comments from the former Speaker came after the U.S. president challenged his own intelligence community’s conclusion that Moscow interfered in the 2016 election during a joint news conference with Putin.
“They said they think it’s Russia. I have President Putin — he just said it’s not Russia,” Trump said, adding that he does not “see any reason why it would be” Russia.
Gingrich, former GOP speaker of the House and one of the president’s biggest defenders, said Trump’s grievous error was siding with Putin over US intelligence agencies.
“President Trump must clarify his statements in Helsinki on our intelligence system and Putin,” Gingrich tweeted.
“It is the most serious mistake of his presidency and must be corrected—-immediately.”
Read more at The Hill.