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Trump's Controversial Summit Statements Draw Mixed Opinions

Trump's Controversial Summit Statements Draw Mixed Opinions
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U.S. Pres. Donald Trump and Russia's Pres. Vladimir Putin, Helsinki
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Some Mississippians are following President's Trump's recent controversial statements at the Russia summit this week and they're sharing their opinion's with MPB's Desare Frazier.

At a news conference Monday with Russia's President Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump appeared to support Putin and questioned U.S. Intelligence findings about Russia meddling in the 2016 election. Trump was criticized for not showing unequivocal support for U.S. Intelligence agencies. Tuesday, Trump said he misspoke and accepts the conclusions of U.S. Intelligence. MPB went to Rankin County, where Trump won 75 percent of the vote, to get reaction to the controversy. Some wanted only their first names used. Jennifer thinks Trump didn't want to offend Putin.

"I'm sure it was because Putin was standing next to him. I wouldn't have sat there next to Putin and said 'hey you interfered in what you weren't supposed to.' Like he felt safe in the United States so when he came back he said what he felt," said Jennifer.

Tom accept's Trump's statement.

"Anyone who has not made a mistake speak. I would think that wouldn't be many people. So, I have no problem with that mistake," said Tom.

But Linda thinks there's more going on than Americans know.

"Too little to late you know. It should never have come out of his mouth. I think he has some ties with Russia that haven't been told yet," said Linda.

Etta says Trump didn't want to admit Russia meddled in the election.

"And I don't know if he did that because they actually have something on him or he did that because he really believes that," said Etta.

Buddy gives Trump credit for meeting with Putin.

"He reached out to Putin, at least he went over there and met with him and tried to solve some problems. He might have misspoke a little bit. I support the president," said Buddy.

Opinions are mixed on whether Trump's statements will impact national security.