Published: Sat, July 21, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Putin Summit: Trump says he 'misspoke in Helsinki'

Putin Summit: Trump says he 'misspoke in Helsinki'

In the interview that took place on the heels of the summit with Putin, where Trump received intense backlash for publicly defending Putin's denial of Russian interference in the 2016 election, Trump also criticized the Federal Bureau of Investigation and former intelligence official John Brennan.

"I have full faith and support for America's great intelligence agencies".

"So what I'm asking is just that the White House tell the American public what was said, and if they won't do it, then the translator who was the only other American official in the room, that they come before Congress and explain what happened", Kennedy said.

On "Hannity" Tuesday night, Levin noted that some in the media argued that Trump's remarks at the press conference amounted to treason. Trump never admits he was wrong, so his attempt at a do-over yesterday - saying he meant to say he didn't see a reason why Russian Federation "wouldn't" have interfered in the election, instead of "would" - is an indication that even he realizes he finally hit the wall. Marco Rubio's proposal to impose sanctions on any country that interferes in U.S. elections. "Unlike previous administrations, my administration has and will continue to move aggressively to [repel] any efforts to interfere in our election", he said. At the conference he again ridiculed allegations that Moscow had compromising material on Donald Trump or his family, saying that it's absurd to suggest that Kremlin collects dirt on every U.S. businessman who visits the country.

"Ultimately I can tell you what I know, the Russians most certainly under the direction of President Putin interfered in our election, primarily for the purposes of putting a cloud over the head of the next president, no matter who won", Rubio said.

However, he said the problem they face is that Mr Trump's base can "destroy them".

Lawmakers from both parties have been sounding the alarm over fresh interference by Russian Federation as they push to fortify US election infrastructure ahead of the midterm elections.

"The meeting between President Putin and myself was a great success, except in the Fake News Media!" he tweeted.

"I'm not pro-Russia, pro-anybody", Trump said.

But he faced a significant backlash, with former president Barack Obama condemning the "politics of fear, resentment, retrenchment" in a stinging rebuke.

"That was odd. But that's OK", he said.

So many people at the higher ends of intelligence loved my press conference performance in Helsinki.

The statements come after lawmakers on both sides of the aisle rushed to admonish Trump for his comments at the summit Monday and as many lawmakers are hoping to get more answers about what was discussed behind closed doors.

It was a stunning comment from an American president - one that he partially tried to walk back 24 hours later by blaming a grammatical glitch.

"I am not being alarmist, I am simply stating the facts", Obama said.

"He's held aloft by his base for now, but the base alone is not sufficient and I think we're in for a rough ride this fall."

Around 14,000 people gathered at a Johannesburg cricket stadium for Mr Obama's speech, which honoured the causes Mr Mandela championed - diversity, democracy and equal rights for all.

In Indiana, Republican Mike Braun who is challenging Democratic incumbent Joe Donnelly, praised Trump - even as he contradicted the president in saying "Russia is not our friend". A CBS News/YouGov poll last month found 52 percent of Florida voters gave Trump a thumbs up. "This is about the Russians undermining the U.S., not about Donald Trump".

The top Democrat in the House, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California, said in a statement that Trump's remarks Tuesday "embarrasses our nation even further". "History shows well-timed and principled resignations help illuminate and focus on problems", he said.

Despite saying he now accepts the intelligence community's verdict on Russian Federation, he's written a misspelled note that says "THERE WAS NO COLUSION".

But it may be too late.

"It's the most serious mistake of his presidency and must be corrected - immediately."

House Speaker and cautious Trump supporter Paul Ryan offered more measured criticism.

Congress overwhelmingly passed a sanctions law a year ago targeting Moscow for election meddling.

Trump believes when the 2016 election is attacked, it "delegitimizes his win", Cuomo said, and "if it comes down to what is best for Trump or what is best for you, you're going to lose, and the world saw this yesterday and it was shameful".

This is central to the problem.

In a follow-up tweet, Trump wrote that Russian Federation has agreed to help in delicate negotiations with North Korea.

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