Trump backs down under fire, 'clarifies' on Russian Federation meddling

Pauline Gross
July 21, 2018

Gabuev said Putin ably won over his domestic audiences, notably by pushing back at accusations of Russian election meddling with his own accusations against the U.S.

"We believe the threat still exists, which is why we are taking steps to prevent it", the White House spokeswoman said, AFP reported. The White House spokesperson emphasized Trump meant he did not want to answer questions.

Senator Bob Corker, a Republican who chairs the committee, said he understands the request and was "looking into precedent" to see if it was viable.

Trump said he misspoke on Monday when he questioned the USA intelligence community's conclusion that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 presidential election.

Trump made the remarks on Twitter on July 18, as he continued to face sharp criticism from US lawmakers and others who denounced his statements at a news conference with Putin after the meeting in Helsinki.

"Well, I would, because he's in charge of the country". "I believe it's real", he said.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that various issues such as Syria, Israel, North Korea's denuclearisation, Ukraine, Crimea and reducing Russian and USA nuclear arsenals were discussed during the one-on-one talks between Trump and Putin, CNN reported. "You know, Russian Federation and the United States control 90 percent of the nuclear weapons in the world and getting along with Russian Federation - and not only for that reason - it's a good thing, not a bad thing". I will say this.

The two major American political parties appear largely united in their desire to keep the Kremlin in check, particularly after Trump made the startling assertion in Helsinki Monday, with Putin at his side, that he believed the Russian leader when he said Moscow did not interfere in U.S. elections.

When asked about election meddling during a joint news conference with Putin on Monday, Trump said, "President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today". How many times have I stood up here and told you what I think about Vladimir Putin?

On Tuesday, Trump backtracked on the comments, saying he accidentally uttered "would" instead of "wouldn't".

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Kimmel mocked the president for "spreading the blame around" by saying that others may have interfered with the election besides Russian Federation and for having to write that "There was NO COLLUSION" on his notes.

He added there "could be other people also".

Despite a televised interview and numerous postings to Twitter, Trump did not correct himself until 27 hours later.

He said he then reviewed the transcripts of his Helsinki statements and explained that he had misspoken.

He also accused past American leaders, rather than Russia's destabilizing actions in the USA and around the world, for the souring of relations between two countries.

Sanders's explanation of Wednesday's mix-up also raised additional questions.

Trump said it was "sort of a double negative", adding, "I think that probably clarifies things pretty good by itself".

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

On Capitol Hill, House Speaker Paul Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, responded to Trump's rosy assessment. We're not going to have it.

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