The global impact of the FBI investigation into Trump-Russia allegations

Some world leaders are bewildered, even angry, over Trump's unsupported wiretapping claims and the FBI's investigation into whether Russia allegedly meddled in the US election.
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The turmoil in the trump administration playing out very publicly unnerving some of our closest allies. Tonight we examine how his tweet storms and news of the ongoing FBI investigation are being received abroad. Here is ABC's chief global affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz. Reporter: Tonight at a rally in Kentucky, president trump ignored today's bombshell disclosures, forget about Russian connections, the president stuck to his usual theme. -- And this, the united States of America is your country again. Reporter: And his supporters loved it. A far cry from that stunning hearing today where for the first time FBI director James Comey confirmed that his agency is investigating whether anyone from trump's campaign team colluded with Russia during the election. All I can tell you is what we are investigating. Which includes whether there was coordination between people associated with the trump campaign and Russians. Russia isn't his only problem. Around the globe, the president has some world leaders at the very least bewildered and others downright angry. Earlier today, his honored guest, Iraqi prime minister al-abadi, gamely looking on as trump ignored question after question. Mr. President -- Reporter: Only days ago, German chancellor Angela Merkel giving him that look that launched 1,000 memes. As far as wiretapping, I guess by, this past administration, at least we have something in common, perhaps. Reporter: That joke landing like lead, two weeks after the Saturday morning tweet dominated headlines and sent shock waves across the world. Is it just business as usual? Do you think this happens in every administration or is this different? Certainly breaking protocol. Among the diplomats to come in and set new protocols to insult allies, to suggest they're doing things illegal, suggest they're not contributing in ways they actually are, you are making enemies when you don't need to be making enemies. Reporter: Last week the white house upped the ante, dragging the British into the wiretapping claim, citing Fox News as their source. The judge made the following statement, three intelligence sources informed Fox News president Obama went outside the chain of command. Didn't use the NSA, didn't use the CIA. Didn't use the FBI didn't use the department of justice. He used gchq. What is that? Initials for British intelligence spying agency. Reporter: Adding Britain to the list of countries with possible grievances against the new administration. The gchq denied those allegations stating they are utterly ridiculous and should be ignored. When is this going to stop? When the crisis comes and at some point in his term we'll have a crisis not of his own making but a crisis from north Korea or Iran, country is going to need to believe its president. He is making that very, very difficult. Reporter: And North Korea is already turning up the heat. This past weekend, announcing it tested a new rocket engine. Another step in its attempt to develop a nuclear weapon tipped missile capable of reaching the United States. President trump responding from "Air force one" Sunday. Doing well. A lot of meetings on that. And meetings on North Korea. He is acting, very, very badly. I will fell you he is acting very badly. They're looking at Washington saying we're going to continue on with the developing of our nuclear weapons capability with our ability to launch nuclear weapons on rockets because obviously they're tied up with domestic politics and not come do anything to us. Reporter: But those domestic politics have serious implications for the rest of the world too. Something the former ambassador to Russia says shouldn't be taken slightly. The ambition of what the Russians tried to do in our elections, trying to influence outcome, in favor of one candidate, was quite diabolical. And the danger is they're going to do the same thing in France, in Germany, if we don't figure out how to stop them. Reporter: But in Russia, dismissiveness from the top down. Putin's spokesman, telling reporters earlier today, these are U.S. Internal affairs. Our general attitude to this hysterics is well known. And we have nothing to add. The reaction among ordinary Russians is very similar to that among many of Donald Trump's supporters in the U.S. They don't believe the Russia allegations and think they're a plot by the Democrats and American intelligence services to undermine him. The American people are wise enough to choose their president. They don't think Russia has interfered in this. We have such a -- we don't have such an influence on worldwide politics. Reporter: Beyond the election, what does Putin get out of this? He gets chaos. He can stir things up in Europe. Keep the U.S. Off balance. He runs amok and gains advantage around the world. Reporter: No denying other countries are on edge. In the Netherlands, the Dutch opted to count ballots the old-fashioned way with pen and paper to ward off meddling from outsiders in their national election. We will make America great again! Reporter: Tonight, back in the U.S., that make America great rally, a sign of things to come. It was paid for by the campaign committee. Campaign 2020 already under way. A campaign that ambassador says the Russians will be keenly interested in. When a foreign government is trying to actually usurp the authority of the people of that country to decide who their lessons they may draw from this they were successful. They introduced chaos, division, dischord and sewed doubt about the nature of this country and our democratic process. It is possible they're misreading that as it worked. So we will come back and hit them again in 2020. For "Nightline," I'm Martha Raddatz in Washington.

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