Trump says he misspoke on Russian Federation meddling


Twenty-four hours after saying he did not have faith in his US intel agencies and instead believed the "very strong and powerful" words of the strongman standing next to him in Helsinki who orchestrated Russian interference in the 2016 election, Trump announced today is Opposite Day.

"I accept our intelligence community's conclusion that Russia's meddling in the 2016 election took place", Trump said Tuesday. "There was no collusion at all".

"The tweeted defense came a day after Trump openly questioned his own intelligence agencies" findings that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 USA election to his benefit, and he seemed to accept Putin's insistence that Moscow's hands were clean.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and US President Donald Trump shake hands before a meeting in Helsinki, on July 16, 2018. 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.

The president also vowed to stop Russian Federation or any other country from cyber attacks on this year's midterm elections.

Now in Washington, Trump is attempting to deny the substance of what he said.

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.

During a remarkable 46-minute joint news conference at the end of Monday's summit, Trump would not challenge Russian leader Putin's claim that his government played no role in trying to sabotage the United States election, despite the Justice Department's indictments Friday of 12 Russian intelligence officers.

In fact, the reaction back home was immediate and visceral, among fellow Republicans as well as usual Trump critics.

However, the Kentucky senator has emerged as one of the president's loudest advocates in the Senate following the intense aftermath of this week's Putin meeting.

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And now Arnold Schwarzenegger, who replaced Trump as the host of The Apprentice, has slammed the president on Instagram. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, meanwhile, called for immediate hearings with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other top officials to learn more about Trump's one-on-one meeting with the Russian Federation leader.

Schumer also urged the Senate to take up legislation to boost security for USA elections and to revive a measure passed earlier by the Judiciary Committee to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election interference.

The admission came in the White House Cabinet Room, where Trump was sitting with lawmakers for an otherwise unrelated meeting.

On Monday, Daniel Coats, the head of USA intelligence, had fired off a statement reiterating the community's conclusion that Russian Federation had indeed interfered in the 2016 election.

If Trump "can't say directly to President Putin that he is wrong & we are right & our intelligence agencies are right, it's ineffective & worse, another sign of weakness", he wrote on Twitter.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said the USA stands by its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, and all nations who are facing Russian aggression.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Trump has done "deep damage" to the country.

Moments earlier, McConnell felt the need to reassure America's allies in Europe with whom Trump clashed during his frenzied trip last week.

While Trump has faced intense criticism over Helsinki, he is not entirely without defenders.

Trump also at varying times in his European trip disparaged the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance, which was formed to counter the former Soviet Union. "Thank you RandPaul, you really get it!"