Trump claims he misspoke at Helsinki summit with Putin

18 July, 2018, 08:09 | Author: Ellis Copeland
  • The National Interest

So, you can put that in, and I think that probably clarifies things pretty good by itself.

"He was nearly was reading this, very much an example of a White House in damage control mode, where the communications team has worked very hard to parse the statement of the president in Helsinki and try to turn it into something other than what many people believe they witnessed - and that was a president standing apart from his intelligence agencies and the conclusion that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 USA election", said Halkett.

While insisting that the Russian interference had no impact on the outcome of the election, he said that he accepts "our intelligence community conclusion that Russia's meddling in the 2016 election took place".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said earlier Tuesday he wouldn't critique Trump's appearance with Putin.

He said he has nothing against the newest member of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation but that such conflicts could end badly for the U.S. "As the world's two largest nuclear powers, we must get along".

Trump came under great pressure to raise the alleged meddling with Putin, who has on numerous occasions denied any wrongdoing.

"We just conducted a yearlong investigation into Russia's interference in our elections. I don't see any reason why it would be".

"Many countries in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, which we are expected to defend, are not only short of their current commitment of 2 percent (which is low), but are also delinquent for many years in payments that have not been made", he tweeted while his plane was in the air.

"The world is not waiting for journalists to ask questions", Rush said. We should have had this dialogue a long time ago. I think the US has been foolish.

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Some US lawmakers have suggested passing resolutions to voice support for intelligence agencies or to invest more in election security and preventing cyber attacks.

Top administration officials have accepted this conclusion, such as former Central Intelligence Agency director Mike Pompeo who is now Mr Trump's secretary of state.

Last week, the US Department of Justice indicted 12 Russians for hacking Democratic Party computers.

In their response, many U.S. politicians simply refused to accept an equivalence between the United States and Russian Federation.

U.S. President DonaldTrump speaks during a joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin (not in the picture) in Helsinki, Finland, on July 16, 2018. Even Jimmy Fallon, who has maintained The Tonight Show isn't really about politics, found himself alongside Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel, Seth Meyers, and Trevor Noah in slamming Trump for publicly siding with Russian Federation and questioning America's intelligence agencies.

Pingree says the President's comments undercut the intelligence agencies, which he says he supports.

Mr Trump's former communications director Anthony Scaramucci told CNN the "optics are bad" and "he has to reverse course immediately". Trump has come in for harsh criticism from both Democrats and Republicans, with some equating the president's statement to treason.

The White House correspondent for the Associated Press became the hero we all needed when he boldly went where Mr Trump would not. Predictably, the President was upset when he saw negative coverage of the summit airing on television aboard Air Force One.


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