Trump walks back from Putin summit remarks, says he 'misspoke'

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 19, 2018

Trump also defended his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, insisting it was a success in spite of the widespread political backlash at home over his remarks at a Helsinki news conference.

But the bipartisan consensus has been broadly hostile to Trump's stance - as the top Republican on Congress, House Speaker Paul Ryan made clear once more at a press conference Tuesday on Capitol Hill.

Senior administration officials told CBS News that a "damage control" effort is underway to clean up the mess created by Trump's comments in Helsinki. There is no indication from the intelligence community that anyone other than Russia was involved in the interference effort, one that USA intelligence agencies believe was conducted by Russian intelligence with the aim of boosting Trump's campaign.

Lawmakers and media personalities from both parties roundly criticized President Donald Trump's performance at a joint press conference Monday with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Trump praised one of few Republicans to defend his presser performance, thanking Rand Paul for noting, "The President has gone through a year and a half of through a year and a half of totally partisan investigations - what's he supposed to think?" The president called his meeting with Putin more successful than his North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting, claiming he and Putin made progress on conflicts.

Even so, he added that the meddling in the 2016 election "could be other people also". A wary and robust stance toward Russian Federation has been a bedrock of his party's world view.

"Putin's been in power for a long time in Russian Federation, and ... he's been an adversary of the United States that entire time", Davidson said.

Trump and Putin had held lengthy talks before - on the sidelines of world leader meetings in Germany and Vietnam past year - but this was their first official summit and was being watched closely, especially following the announcement Friday of new indictments against 12 Russian intelligence officers accused of hacking Democratic emails to help Trump's campaign. The third is that he is acting this way toward Russian Federation because of some financial desire, like building a Trump Tower in Moscow.

Whether there was collusion is still an open question, even if many Trump supporters have made up their minds about it. "His wrecking ball tour of Europe the single most damaging to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and the West".

The paper also included a handwritten note saying "THERE WAS NO COLUSION". Trump actively tried to undercut Coats's findings while standing next to Putin, "would" or "wouldn't" notwithstanding.

First of all, Trump undercuts his assertion that he accepts the intelligence community's assessment of Russia's culpability about 10 seconds after he makes it.

US House Speaker Paul Ryan said on Monday there was "no question" that Moscow interfered in the election and that Trump "must appreciate that Russian Federation is not our ally". They met in private, with only translators present, but Schumer referred to notes that were taken in debriefings of the meeting.

With no if's or but's, the GOP leader declared, "The European countries are our friends, and the Russians are not".

"I have great confidence in my intelligence people", Trump said Monday, even as he cast doubt on American intelligence agencies. "Sadly, it's not being reported that way - the Fake News is going insane!"

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