Trump backtracks, says he misspoke on Russian election tampering

‘You Stood There Like a Little Wet Noodle’: Schwarzenegger Slams Trump After Putin News Conference

A day after his much-criticized news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Trump attempted some damage control Tuesday, saying "I accept" the findings of the USA intelligence community that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential campaign.

"I've seen Russian intelligence manipulate many people in my career, and I never thought the U.S. president would be one of them", Hurd told Jake Tapper.

Mr Trump is facing bipartisan criticism for his refusal to publicly challenge Mr Putin over Russia's election hacking and for doubting U.S. intelligence agency conclusions about Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign.

In February, 13 other Russians were also indicted on similar charges. "There is a lot of people out there".

As Trump was declaring his "full faith and support" for United States intelligence agencies, the lights in the Cabinet Room went dark. But diverting from his typewritten notes, the President added: "It could be other people also".

Republican Sen. John McCain also labeled Trump's press conference 'one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in history, ' and House speaker Paul Ryan said, 'Russia is not our ally'. "The media only says I was rude to leaders, never mentions the money!" said the President.

"I will say this: I don't see any reason why it would be, but I really do want to see the server".

After his walkback on Tuesday, President Trump said his administration will "move aggressively" to repel efforts to interfere in American elections.

Just hours before Mr Trump's scheduled meeting with members of Congress, Mr Ryan suggested that the president will be rigorously questioned on his remarks. "There was nobody to collude with".




As criticism mounted, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders announced Trump would speak about the Helsinki meeting.

"There was no collusion at all".

Donald Trump said he misspoke during his widely-criticised press conference with Vladimir Putin.

A Washington Post editorial headline said, "Trump just colluded with Russian Federation".

He said he some of his comments in Helsinki needed "clarification". Sadly it is not being reported that way - the Fake News is going Crazy!'

Shortly before Trump staged his begrudging off-camera walk-back, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had kneecapped him, delivering his own message from the U.S. Senate to "our friends in Europe".

However, signs that things might not go according to plan were evident during the two days Trump spent holed up at his luxury seaside golf resort in Turnberry, Scotland. "And I think that statement speaks for itself".

"The full faith and support for America's intelligence agencies - I have a full faith in our intelligence agencies", Trump said.

On Tuesday, Ryan underscored that Russian Federation did interfere in the 2016 elections and is a "menacing government" that does not share USA values.

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