Kurtz: Leaks From 'Insiders' Again Undercutting Trump After Putin Summit
Trump shows 'defiance disorder' by ignoring advisers.
Fox News media analyst Howard Kurtz weighed in on the controversy surrounding President Trump's comments during his press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying leaks from Washington "insiders" have once again undercut the message from the White House and keep feeding the media "furor."
Trump received extensive backlash from both sides of the aisle over remarks he made during Monday's presser about Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
Trump eventually backtracked on Tuesday, saying he misspoke when he appeared to side with Putin over the U.S. intelligence community regarding Russia's election interference.
On "America's Newsroom," Kurtz said this whole fiasco is another example of Trump's "defiance disorder," when he blows past his advisers' urgent warnings and says whatever he wants to say.
He noted there are reports that "everyone around Trump" was urging him to be tough on Putin, and that he largely ignored 100 pages of briefing materials. According to Axios, Trump officials were embarrassed with his performance in Helsinki.
"On the substance of it, I think the reaction was perfectly appropriate and understandable," said Kurtz, noting that some are going too far by calling the president "treasonous."
Kurtz said Trump often excels and appeals to voters by saying what he wants, but other times - like in Helsinki and after Charlottesville - it ends up being "inflammatory."
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