Democratic strategist Adrienne Elrod was astounded Monday by President Trump's response to whether or not he believed Russians interfered with the 2016 election.

Trump's historic summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin came just days after 12 Russian intelligence officials were indicted for hacking emails from the Hillary Clinton campaign and Democratic Party during the election.

The U.S. president said that while he has "great confidence" in his intelligence team, Putin "was extremely strong and powerful" in his denial of meddling.

Putin on Monday repeatedly denied any Russian interference in the 2016 election.


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Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) said on Sunday that Trump's first request of Putin should be to tell him where he can pick up the indicted Russians, a sentiment Elrod said she agreed with.

"The fact that this was an American president who stood up on a national stage ... and basically said, 'I believe you Vladimir Putin,' is absolutely unbelievable."

Elrod said Trump essentially sided with Putin over the U.S. intelligence community, which concluded Russia was behind the 2016 election hacks. 

"Putin is a trained KGB officer. He knows exactly how to play Trump," said Elrod

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