During this afternoon's press spray ahead of a Cabinet meeting, Trump explained his remarks in Helsinki as simply a slip of the tongue and that he meant to say, "I don't see why it wouldn't be Russia" in regard to election interference instead of "I don't see why it would be Russian Federation".
Standing next to Putin on Monday, Trump cast doubt on his country's intelligence agencies' assessment that Russian Federation had meddled in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
President Donald Trump refused to back the US intelligence community's assessment on Russia's 2016 US Presidential election interference and was met with a wave of criticism. There are a lot of people out there.
While many in the media were excoriating President Donald Trump for his weird comments during the press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, a new poll shows how Americans saw the episode.
He had not condemned Russia's interference on Monday, instead saying: "I have great confidence in my intelligence people but I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today". The Wisconsin Republican said "there is no question" Russian Federation interfered in the elections and said there is "no moral equivalence" between the two countries. Marco Rubio's proposal to impose sanctions on any country that interferes in USA elections.
Several senators from both parties backed tougher sanctions on Russian Federation.
The US President executed an astonishing 180 following his deeply criticised show of support for Vladimir Putin at their summit in Finland yesterday.
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On Monday the United States and Russian presidents held almost two hours of one-on-one talks without their advisers in the Finnish capital Helsinki. Trump noted that Putin "offered to have the people working on the case come and work with their investigators with respect to the 12 people" indicted Friday in the special counsel's investigation.
Trump's appearance with Russian President Vladimir Putin has drawn broad condemnation from Democratic and Republicans alike.
Meanwhile, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio said, "it's what I wish he would have said initially, and I'm glad he said it now". 'I have President Putin - he just said it's not Russian Federation. Trump said he realized "there's need for some clarification".
Senators had floated a similar idea earlier, and Republican Jeff Flake of Arizona said he was preparing a bipartisan bill. To Putin, she added, "Trump is the gift that keeps on giving".
"We should've had this dialogue a long time ago; a long time, frankly, before I got to office", Trump replied.
Trump made a "strategic mistake" Monday that will drive his supporters into an alliance with opposition Democrats, Scaramucci warned on CNN.
Lasha Tchantouridze is a professor of diplomacy and worldwide relations at Norwich University, who specializes in Russian Federation and the U.S. He says this meeting between the two leaders could be the start of something different.