Published: Thu, July 19, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Trump's Small Reversal Doesn't Change Much About His Putin Presser

Trump's Small Reversal Doesn't Change Much About His Putin Presser

"The sentence should have been, 'I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be Russian Federation'".

"I think it's kept us apart, it's kept us separated", Trump said.

During Monday's news conference, Trump said, "I don't see any reason why it would be" Russian Federation that interfered in the election.

"But that statement was not acceptable", Trump said.

Republicans and Democrats accused him of siding with an adversary rather than his own country.

The US president openly questioned his own intelligence agencies' finding that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 US election, seeming to accept Mr Putin's insistence that Moscow's hands were clean. Bringing up "no collusion" and saying there "could be other people also" responsible for election interference in addition to Russian Federation is viewed as another mistake, the official said.

Ahead of the summit Trump tweeted relations had "never been worse" - and then blamed the US.

In light of Mr. Trump's comments about the intelligence community, Mr. Brennan said "there very well might be" a shift in the covert community to "withhold vital intelligence" in order to protect that information.

US House Speaker Paul Ryan has criticised Donald Trump for his remarks in Helsinki.

"President Trump tried to squirm away from what he said yesterday".

Some lawmakers said they would seek remedies in Congress.

Trump's comments came after blistering blowback - including from members of his own party - for his Putin support. McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan, who called Russia's government "menacing", said their chambers could consider additional sanctions on Russian Federation.

Arnold Schwarzenegger
Arnold Schwarzenegger

Congress almost unanimously passed a sanctions law a year ago targeting Moscow for election meddling and for its actions in Ukraine and Syria.

The president called the Monday summit in Helsinki "even better" than his meeting with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies last week in Brussels.

In an interview with CBS News' Jeff Glor airing Wednesday evening, Trump expressed confidence in USA intelligence agencies and said he agreed with their assessment.

Corker, the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, said the first step was to get Pompeo to appear, "hopefully" next week.

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As the outrage built Tuesday morning, Trump called a meeting with Vice-President Mike Pence, National Security Adviser John Bolton and new Communication Director Mike Shine (a former Fox News CEO), and decided that he must clarify on his "misspoken" remarks, according to The Wall Street Journal.

"I believe that whatever Mr. Trump said in that meeting is now memorialized on Russian tape and will be utilized by Putin against Trump", the former Central Intelligence Agency director said.

At the Helsinki press conference, the president also called special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation "a disaster for our country".

And spectacle there certainly was: NATO-bashing, humiliation of Theresa May, rudeness to the queen-even a balloon of a giant, diapered, angry baby Trump, holding a smart phone high above London.

"While I had a great meeting with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, raising vast amounts of money, I had an even better meeting with Vladimir Putin of Russian Federation".

Russia's elite and media have been celebrating the meeting as a slam-dunk victory for Putin.

The summit capped a tumultuous trip during which Trump accused North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies of failing to spend enough on their militaries and embarrassed May by saying she had refused to take his advice about how to negotiate Britain's exit from the EU. He referred to the European Union as a "foe" in trade and repeatedly criticised the bloc.

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