US President Donald Trump, seeking to stanch a national furore, said on Tuesday that he misspoke in Helsinki, Finland, and meant to say that he indeed does see Russian Federation as the culprit that interfered in the 2016 presidential election, just as US intelligence agencies have found.
"We see much of the world threatening to return to a more risky, more brutal, way of doing business", he said.
That aside, he still promised "big results" will come.
Putin was accused of interfering with the election, seeing Trump triumph over democrat leader Hillary Clinton, something that USA citizens were hoping would be addressed in Monday's summit in Helsinki.
Trump's statements "amounted to an unprecedented refusal by a United States president to believe his own intelligence agencies over the word of a foreign adversary", CNN says.
On Tuesday, Trump sought to tamp down a global uproar over his warm embrace of Putin at Monday's summit in Helsinki, delivering a statement at the White House in which he said he accepts the USA intelligence community's assessment that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 US election. "So, he needs to understand what evidence we have for election interference", Rosenstein said on Friday.
Distinguished colleague, let me tell you this: When President Trump was in Moscow back then, I didn't even know that he was in Moscow.
In the House, Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi staged a vote in support of the intelligence committee's findings that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election.
The July 17th cover of The New York Daily News features a political cartoon titled "Open Treason", in which Donald Trump is executing Uncle Sam while holding Vladimir Putin's hand. His Twitter feed is often littered with typos, and he frequently misspells "counsel" when rage-tweeting about the special counsel's probe into Russian election interference.
Senate Foreign Relations member Cory Gardner in April sponsored a bipartisan bill, now awaiting committee consideration, that would require the State Department to determine whether Russian Federation meets the standard for being characterized as a state sponsor of terrorism.
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McConnell's words came just minutes before President Donald Trump was expected to speak about the Helsinki summit on Monday.
The US president added: "I accept our intelligence community's conclusion that Russia's meddling in the 2016 election took place".
"I will say this: I don't see any reason why it would be, but I really do want to see the server".
Trump spoke a day after returning to the U.S.to almost universal condemnation of his performance at Russian President Vladmir Putin's side in Helsinki.
Some experts called yesterday's damage control reminiscent of Trump's comments after the deadly clash between white supremacists and those protecting them in Charlottesville, Va., last year.
"Some people HATE the fact that I got along well with President Putin of Russia", Trump tweeted.
But he made a point of adding: 'It could be other people also.
"A lot of people get confused - I'm not saying the president is confused", Doocy went on.
"The president must appreciate that Russian Federation is not our ally", Ryan said.