Trump retracts pronouncement on Russia's meddling with U.S. election

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The New York senator said Trump's tweets and comments show he is "back to celebrating his meeting with Putin".

Trump, who was given numerous opportunities to publicly rebuke Putin during the news conference in Helsinki, instead praised the Russian leader for his "strong and powerful" denial of the conclusions of U.S. intelligence agencies that the Russian state meddled in the election. "I would, because he's in charge of the country, just like I consider myself to be responsible for things that happen in this country", Trump said.

During a news conference after Monday's summit, Mr Trump was asked about alleged Russian meddling in the USA election.

The White House said on Wednesday that Trump would meet with his team about U.S officials being questioned by Russian Federation.

At a news conference with Vladimir Putin, Mr Trump said he "didn't see any reason why it would be" Russian Federation that interfered in U.S. elections. But if you listen to the tape of the back-and-forth, Vega is the only person asking a question and there's not much din in the room that would have made it hard for Trump to hear.

"The sentence should have been: 'I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be Russian Federation, ' " he said.

"I look forward to working with you in putting whatever pressure we need to put on the administration", Corker said to Menendez.

The admission is the latest in a series of reversals in Mr Trump's assessment of Vladimir Putin and Russian meddling.

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President Donald Trump during an interview with CBS Evening News

He said he accepted the intelligence community's assessment that Russian Federation had meddled in the election, and offered a rambling explanation of his assertion that he could not see "any reason" why Russian Federation would interfere. I will say this.

Trump was saying Tuesday that he has "full faith" in the US intelligence agencies in the aftermath of his Helsinki news conference when the lights in the White House Cabinet Room dimmed and briefly went out, leaving the room mostly in darkness. "I think we did extremely well". "The president said that he has the 'greatest respect" for his intelligence chiefs.

Hours later, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that Trump was answering a different question and that "we believe the threat still exists". Trump reluctantly signed the bill but blasted its content, saying at the time it "improperly encroaches on executive power, disadvantages American companies, and hurts the interests of our European allies".

"It's called Trump Derangement Syndrome!" the president wrote on Twitter, borrowing a line from Sen.

"In a key sentence in my remarks, I said the word would instead of wouldn't..." But that statement was not acceptable. There was also information gathered from a top-secret source close to Putin, which outlined the Kremlin's plan to sway the 2016 election, the report said.

The US president followed this by saying that "while Russia's actions had no impact, at all, on the outcome of the election", he accepted the intelligence community's conclusions. "There are lots 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.

"Frankly, I don't think those US presidents at any point came off as not pursuing USA security interests, as being taken in by the Soviet leader they were meeting with", said Alina Polyakova, a foreign policy fellow at the Brookings Institution.

U.S. Homeland Security Chief: Russia Sowing Divisions Among Americans
Department of Justice (DoJ) issued a formal charge sheet against twelve Russian nationals with committing federal crimes. He called on the special counsel to "end this pursuit of the president and say President Trump is completely innocent".

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