US President Donald Trump claims he misspoke during his joint press conference with Vladimir Putin when he publicly challenged the US intelligence conclusion that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 election.
President Donald Trump reversed course from his Monday statement in Helsinki, saying that he accepts the findings of the us intelligence community that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 presidential election, and that his administration will work to prevent Russian Federation from meddling in the upcoming 2018 midterms.
Trump faced fiercer criticism from US lawmakers - including some Republicans - who said he failed to hold Putin accountable for Russian actions such as what U.S intelligence agencies said was a campaign of interference in the 2016 USA election.
While many in the media were excoriating President Donald Trump for his freakish comments during the press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, a new poll shows how Americans saw the episode.
Minutes later, he added, "I accept our intelligence community's conclusion that Russia's meddling in the 2016 election took place".
Pressed on whether Trump warned Putin against interference, Sanders said, "The president has made clear to Vladimir Putin that he should stay out of US elections". "It could be other people also", he said.
U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, pose for a photograph at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, July 16, 2018 prior to Trump's and Putin's one-on-one meeting in the Finnish capital.
"Wouldn't" Trump corrected himself Tuesday, speaking to reporters from the Cabinet Room: "I don't see any reason why I wouldn't - or, why it wouldn't be Russian Federation". When asked if he believed the findings of his intelligence agencies on Russia's meddling, Trump had said: "My people came to me". I think Dan Coats is excellent. we have excellent people. GOP leaders, outraged by Trump's comments in Helsinki, found out about his attempts to quell the outrage the same way everyone else did, as one aide put it, by watching and learning.
"We just conducted a year-long investigation into Russia's interference in our elections".
Earlier Wednesday, Trump appeared to answer "no" when asked whether Russian Federation was still targeting the United States.
US House Speaker Paul Ryan has criticised Donald Trump for his remarks in Helsinki.
In the meantime, a number of Senators are considering bringing a measure to the floor backing the USA intelligence community. "Maybe I'm just an intelligence officer and I'm trying to ring the bell".
Senate Committee on Foreign Relations chairman Bob Corker, a Republican, called the Helsinki news conference "saddening and disappointing".
Mr Trump has repeatedly branded the probe, headed by special counsel Robert Mueller, a "witch hunt" and insisted there was no collusion.
"The only reason there was a walk-back is that the president was forced by pressure from many of my Republican friends here, from his allies in the media, and his own White House staff", Schumer said on the Senate floor.
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