Trump tries to calm political storm over Putin summit, says he misspoke

July 17 16:55 2018

“I think he’s a very bad person”.

The US president said he had “great confidence in the US intelligence community, but noted that Putin “was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today”. If the Foreign Affairs Committee or Financial Services Committee and the Senate Banking Committee think that there are other sanctions that we have not placed upon Russian Federation, I’m more than happy to consider those”, Ryan said, stopping short of calling for more sanctions himself.

“It’s really upset people across the partisan divide in ways that I have not seen in years”, Colbert said of the meeting.

Trump ally Newt Gingrich called it, “the most serious mistake” of Mr Trump’s presidency – and one that, “must be corrected immediately”.

Putin argued the hackers revealed true “manipulations” by the Democratic Party in favor of Hillary Clinton over Sen.

Sen. John McCain of Arizona, who also has not seen eye-to-eye with the president, said the press conference “was one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory”. Corker added that he thought Putin was likely celebrating the outcome of the meeting. Asked if he agreed with former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan’s characterization of the president’s actions as “treasonous”, he said: “I do not”. “We could find common ground to turn the screws on Russian Federation”, he said. “The president did a good thing by meeting with Putin”, Senator Rand Paul told CBS “This Morning” program, comments that won him public thanks from Trump on Twitter.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is standing firm in his condemnation of Vladimir Putin despite U.S. President Donald Trump’s warm words for the Russian president this week.

Another senator from Alaska, Republican Lisa Murkowski, said she was “stunned” at Trump’s failure to confront Putin about Russian interference in the elections.

‘My people came to me – Dan Coats came to me and some others – they said they think it’s Russian Federation, ‘ the president said of his director of national intelligence.

At the summit, Mr Putin again denied meddling in the United States election, and in a later interview dismissed longstanding reports that Russian intelligence may hold compromising material on Mr Trump.

“Canada has been unequivocal in our condemnation of Vladimir Putin and Russian Federation”, said Trudeau in Sutherlands River, N.S. However, he also says there are a lot of issues that the two men likely discussed and it’s hard to tell what could come next.

What did he say at the summit with Putin?

Monday, he reversed himself again, calling it an “interesting idea”.

Separately, various USA and foreign diplomats told McClatchy that Trump’s remarks leave them anxious America will no longer be a reliable partner, will no longer defend other countries and will no longer stand up to its adversaries.

In Helsinki, Putin said he did indeed want to Trump to win in 2016 – because of his policies – but took no action to make it happen.

But the speaker did not join calls for Congress to pass bipartisan legislation aimed at protecting special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russian interference and links between Trump aides and Moscow.

Trump said he’d give it to his 12-year-old son Barron, a football fan. A former chairman of the Republican National Committee even said Trump was acting as if he were an “asset” next to his “handler”. “It’s ridiculous what’s going on with the probe”.

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