Trump holds Putin responsible for election meddling

Trump holds Putin responsible for election meddling

Trump holds Putin responsible for election meddling

On Tuesday, the president appeared to walk back the questionable comments he made at the summit where he appeared to believe Putin's word over the assessment from USA intelligence agencies that the Russian government meddled in the US election.

He told reporters he has "full faith" in America's intel apparatus a day after he sided with Russian President Vladimir Putin's denials that his country interfered in the 2016 election that Trump won in a major upset.

The president had insisted that he held "both countries responsible" for the poor relations between Washington and Moscow, despite the conclusion by us intelligence agencies that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 USA election.

"The sentence should have been, 'I don't see any reason why I wouldn't, or why it wouldn't be Russia" instead of "why it would, " Trump said. "The sentence should have been.'I don't see any reason why it WOULDN'T be Russia", Trump said.

Trump said so many people at the higher ends of intelligence loved his press conference performance in Helsinki. And he again floated the idea that "other people" could be involved. "Every American should be", Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, a New York Democrat, said.

In the Senate, Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY called for Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other top officials to appear before Congress and tell exactly what happened during Trump's two-hour private session with Putin.

He said when intelligence officials warned former President Barack Obama and his staff, they "totally buried it". "The president hopes to open up a number of different markets and to create a more [level] trading field across the globe", said White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

Moments earlier, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell issued a public reassurance to US allies in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and Europe with whom Trump clashed during his frenzied Europe trip last week.

Former House Speaker and longtime Trump ally Newt Gingrich put it bluntly.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch Mc Connell moved to reassure European allies

Trump's explanation that he misspoke was welcomed by some GOP lawmakers eager to move the party past one of the most controversial events of Trump's presidency.

By July 17 afternoon when he faced the cameras, Mr. Trump had changed tack.

US intelligence officials have said Russian election interference efforts are continuing and now target the upcoming congressional elections in November.

Beyond reaffirming support for U.S. intelligence agencies, Flake said the resolution would call for "some kind of hearing or briefing by those involved" in the private Trump-Putin meeting in Helsinki, "to try to find out what happened in that private meeting".

A video that has surfaced showing Melania Trump's horrified expression after shaking hands with Vladimir Putin has sent Twitter into a storm. "Suffice it to say that for me as a policymaker, what really matters is what we do moving forward".

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul emerged as one of the president's few defenders.

Flake said Congress needs to also find out if additional sanctions on Russia are appropriate, and also ensure the Russian nationals indicted in Mueller's investigation are brought to justice.

No CIA agent would have entertained an individual private talk with any Russian, Mr. Brennan said, because "that's just something we don't do". What they did hear is a statement he made to Putin's very close friend.

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Once special counsel Robert Mueller found out about his text messages he fired him from the Russian Federation investigation. As Strzok began to talk, Gohmert tried to prevent Strzok from speaking again, saying he had not asked him a question.

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