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In President Donald Trump’s first interview since his disastrous press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday, Sean Hannity complimented Trump for a “very strong” performance.

Hannity praised Trump’s decision to discuss conspiracy theories about the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) servers instead of denouncing Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Trump’s comments undermined special counsel Robert Mueller’s charges against 12 Russian officials accused of hacking the DNC’s emails.

“You were very strong at the end of that press conference,” Hannity told the president on Fox News. “You said: “Where are the servers? What about what Peter Strzok says? Where are the 33,000 emails?”

Trump in the Fox News interview doubled down on his comment that FBI agent Peter Strzok, who testified last week that he did not conspire to win Hillary Clinton the presidential election, is a “disgrace.”

High-ranking Republicans and Democrats alike lambasted Trump after Monday’s press conference. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said the press conference was “one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory,” while Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) tweeted that the event was “shameful” and “jaw-dropping.”

“We had a good meeting. We discussed so many different things,” Trump told Hannity, later adding, “At the end of this meeting, I think we really came to a lot of good conclusions.”

Kris Seavers

Kris Seavers

Kris Seavers is the Evening Editor for the Daily Dot, where she covers breaking news, politics, and LGBTQ issues. Her work has appeared in Central Texas publications, including Austin Monthly and San Antonio Magazine, and on NPR.

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