Published: Thu, July 19, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

White House issues talking points to curtail damage from Russian Federation summit

White House issues talking points to curtail damage from Russian Federation summit

A man was forcibly escorted out of the venue for Monday's joint press conference between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, just minutes before the world leaders were set to appear in the room.

During a discussion on "Pulling at the Strings: The Kremlin's Interference in Elections" at the Atlantic Council, Rubio said that "what the president said today is not accurate".

U.S. President Donald Trump has backtracked on comments in which he said he believed Russian President Vladimir Putin's pledge that Russia didn't meddle in the 2016 presidential election.

"That has me concerned because if the President doesn't believe our intelligence services, doesn't believe that those indictments are appropriate, then the administration might not work as hard as they should to bring these people justice", he said.

Trump said that Russian Federation sacrificed tens of million of its own people in the service of the Allied Powers, which included the United States, during World War II.

"I said the word "would" instead of 'wouldn't, '" Trump told reporters on Tuesday.

Mr Trump also hailed last week's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Europe as a victory for his tough stance of demanding the United States' European allies make big new defence spending pledges.

His handling of the Putin meeting drew scathing reactions from lawmakers.

"I consider them (the talks) very successful and useful", Putin said, praising the "frank and business-like atmosphere" of the summit. Corker added that he thought Putin was likely celebrating the outcome of the meeting.

On the United States' relationship with its allies: "I am concerned about lasting damage" from Trump's remarks at NATO, Albright said.

"Hold on. What's disappointing is you are excusing what the president said as if he were baited". "Vladimir Putin does not share our values".

Trump added that he had "full faith and support" in United States intelligence agencies and as he repeated the remark, the lights in the room were suddenly dimmed off. "Whoops, they just turned off the lights".

"We have been clear in our assessments of Russian meddling", Coats said in a statement.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., added there is "no question" Russian Federation interfered in the election, citing findings by the American intelligence community but also the House Committee on Intelligence. This, despite there being no reported evidence of interference by any other country or group.

Russia's political and media establishment heralded the summit as a victory for Putin in breaking down Western resolve to isolate Russian Federation.

During his remarks, Trump reiterated his belief that it was a good thing to get along with Russian Federation and highlighted the successes of his three stops in Europe.

It remains to be seen if anyone bought the horseradish the White House ladled out in a fitting finish to Trump's Scorched Earth European Tour that also included his undercutting of Brit PM Theresa May and disrespecting Queen Elizabeth, as well as his performance as Putin's lapdog at the Helsinki presser. 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. "It makes us less safe", Biden said of Trump's remarks.

"Collusion aside and regardless of what happened before, President Trump should have demanded it never happen again", Murkowski said. "It's ridiculous what's going on with the probe".

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