Trump backtracks, says he misspoke on Russian election tampering

U.S. President Donald Trump left shakes hands with Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan right as French President Emmanuel Macron center watches on the sidelines of a summit of heads of state and government at NATO

U.S. President Donald Trump left shakes hands with Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan right as French President Emmanuel Macron center watches on the sidelines of a summit of heads of state and government at NATO

US President Donald Trump claims he misspoke during his joint press conference with Vladimir Putin when he publicly challenged the US intelligence conclusion that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 election.

US President Donald Trump found himself isolated and under pressure to reverse course Tuesday after publicly challenging the US intelligence conclusion that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 election during his face-to-face with Vladimir Putin.

After a Cabinet meeting in the White House, Trump was asked by a reporter if Russian Federation was still targeting the U.S., and he responded, "No", directly contradicting what his director of national intelligence, Dan Coats, said Monday.

"I accept our intelligence community's conclusion that Russia's meddling in the 2016 election took place", he said.

"I have confidence in both parties", he said separately, referring to the USA intelligence agencies and Putin, though the two parties have completely opposing accounts of Russia's actions in 2016. But he added, as he usually does, "It could be other people also". Lotta people out there.

U.S. President Donald Trump listens during a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington, U.S., July 18, 2018.

"I realize there is the need for some clarification.in a key sentence in my remarks, I said the word "would" instead of 'wouldn't.".

"I'm just saying Trump knows and that's why he's so desperate to stop the Mueller investigation", Mr. Brennan said, "Because clearly he's concerned and, I think, fearful about what might be exposed in that investigation".

The Twitter user who first pointed out the First Lady's odd reaction, @srmduke87, wrote: 'I think she looked scared to death'. GOP leaders, outraged by Trump's comments in Helsinki, found out about his attempts to quell the outrage the same way everyone else did, as one aide put it, by watching and learning. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, have defended Mr. Trump.

U.S. President Donald Trump left tosses a soccer ball to his wife first lady Melania Trump after Russian President Vladimir Putin presented it to him during a news conference after their meeting at the Presidential Palace
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Marco Rubio's proposal to impose sanctions on any country that interferes in USA elections.

On Tuesday, Trump read from a printed statement, and said he had misspoken.

If Trump does not actually believe that Russian Federation is targeting the United States electoral system, he stands in stark contrast to prominent USA intelligence officials.

"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".

"We thought yesterday was the craziest day of this ridiculous presidency", the comedian said. "So certainly as the leader of a country you would have to hold him responsible, yes", President Trump told CBS News in an interview.

After clarifying his remarks, Trump reiterated the progress he believes was made with Putin during a two hour long private meeting between the two leaders. He also said he has faith in USA intelligence agencies.

"We are just one click of the keyboard away from a similar situation repeating itself", he said.

In an interview set to be broadcast Wednesday evening, the USA president told Jeff Glor of CBS News that he holds Putin responsible "because he's in charge of the country, just like I consider myself to be responsible for things that happen in this country".




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