Published: Wed, July 18, 2018
Sport | By Patty Hardy

Trump Walks Back Controversial Comments On Russian Election Interference

Trump Walks Back Controversial Comments On Russian Election Interference

President Donald Trump read from a typed script on Tuesday afternoon to claim he misspoke in his press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday.

Earlier Tuesday, the President had offered a defiant rebuke of his critics, writing on Twitter: "While I had a great meeting with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, raising vast amounts of money, I had an even better meeting with Vladimir Putin of Russian Federation".

Trump's appearance with Russian President Vladimir Putin has drawn broad condemnation from Democratic and Republicans alike.

"Thank you @RandPaul, you really get it!'" the President tweeted.

The president sparked outrage when he refused to hold Putin and Russian Federation accountable for meddling in the 2016 presidential election - attacks that were confirmed by the US intelligence community.

"I realize there is a need for some clarification", he said.

President Donald Trump on Tuesday moved to limit the damage from his summit with Vladimir Putin, claiming he misspoke in appearing to accept the Russian leader's denial of election meddling - in a rebuke to U.S. intelligence chiefs.

Trump initially sounded a defensive note on Tuesday, insisting his meeting with Putin had been "even better" than his one last week with traditional allies NATO - a testy gathering seen as having badly strained trans-Atlantic ties.

"Don't make the relationship between Russian Federation and the United States, don't hold it hostage of this internal political struggle", Mr Putin said.

"I have great confidence in my intelligence people, but I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today", Trump said, adding that the ongoing investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller, which has coincided with virtually the entirety of his presidency, has been "a disaster for our country".

The political firestorm over Trump's performance at the Helsinki news conference has engulfed the administration and spread to his fellow Republicans, eclipsing most of the frequent controversies that have erupted during Trump's turbulent 18 months in office. But he added, as he usually does, "It could be other people also".

"I don't mean to make everything person, I know so much about Russian politics because of my father", she said of dad John McCain.

"The sentence should've been I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be Russian Federation, sort of a double negative".

Standing alongside Putin in Helsinki, Trump told reporters he was not convinced it was Moscow.

Let's examine President Trump's statement, piece by piece.

"I wasn't doing a protest", Husseini said in an AP interview.

"Thanks to many years of USA foolishness and stupidity": Vladimir Putin seized Crimea, sponsored a proxy war in Ukraine, murdered Russian journalists, poisoned former Russian intelligence agents in the United Kingdom, gutted his country's fledgling democratic institutions, and propped up a Syrian leader who used chemical weapons repeatedly on his own people-all because of us.

Republican Senator Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said congressional leaders were searching for the most effective response.

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