Published: Sat, July 21, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Trump Says He Misspoke on Russia Election Meddling

Trump Says He Misspoke on Russia Election Meddling

Trump taped the interview Thursday, the same day the White House announced he had invited Putin to Washington for another meeting this fall despite the ongoing criticism of his performance at Monday's summit with the Russian leader in Helsinki.

Trump also said on Tuesday that he had "full faith and support" for the American intelligence community and supported their assessment that Russian meddled in the election, although the president to claim that others could also be responsible.

Antonov said Putin had made concrete proposals to Trump about resolving the conflict in eastern Ukraine, Interfax said, though he did not spell out what these were. It could be other people, also. I will say this: "I don't see any reason why it would be". Jeff Flake, (R-Ariz). "This is shameful".

Even before the allegations of Russian meddling, tensions were high over Moscow's concerns about North Atlantic Treaty Organisation expansion, Russian annexation of the Crimea peninsula from Ukraine in 2014 and its military backing of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the Syrian civil war.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said Trump was trying to "squirm away" from his comments alongside Putin.

That Russia interfered in the election "came out as a reason why the Democrats lost an election which, frankly, they should have been able to win".

"We can't risk Russians having access to sensitive voter data and we can't trust Donald Trump to keep us safe as he cozies up to Vladimir Putin and displays contempt for American intelligence", Pritzker stated. He defended Trump's skepticism to CBS News citing the president's experience on the receiving end of "partisan investigations".

Vladimir Putin offers a football to Donald Trump
Vladimir Putin offered a football to Donald Trump at their Helsinki press conference

Trump said the comments needed "some clarification" after his close allies called on his to change course. With Putin at his side, Trump blatantly rejected that finding by saying he didn't "see any reason why" Russian Federation would try to interfere.

Former FBI Director James Comey, whom Trump unceremoniously ousted, said Trump "sold out our nation".

"So many people at the higher ends of intelligence loved my press conference performance in Helsinki. Republican Patriots: Where are you???"

"Canada has been unequivocal in our condemnation of Vladimir Putin and Russia", Trudeau said. "It was fantastic and very, very disturbing". I will say this. "He has got to be celebrating on the way home to Moscow". Mark Warner of Virginia, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, tweeted, "For the President to side with Putin over his own intelligence officials and blame the United States for Russia's attack on our democracy is a complete disgrace". Donald Trump was less than commanding during the question and answer portion of the conference, refusing to denounce Russian Federation if they had any involvement in rigging the 2016 election.

Most of the outrage seemed to stem from Trump's statement that he believed Vladimir Putin's assurance that Russian Federation didn't meddle in the election despite the word of the American intelligence community.

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul emerged as one of the president's few defenders from his own party.

TRUMP: People came to me.

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