Donald Trump is still defending his disastrous meeting with Vladimir Putin
Jul 21 2018
During a joint press conference in Helsinki with Putin, Trumpsaid while he has "great confidence" in the United States intelligence community, Putin was "very powerful" in his denial of Russian interference in the 2016 election, comments that he attempted to walk back Tuesday.
Senate Democrats said they wanted the American interpreter at the Helsinki meeting to testify to Congress on what was said during the private Trump-Putin session.
Trump added Tuesday: 'I came back, and thought, what's the big deal, I got a transcript, reviewed a clip of an answer that I gave and I realized there is a need for some clarification.
US President Donald Trump has defended his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, amid a backlash over his performance.
On Wednesday said he claimed that high-level intelligence officials "loved" the news conference in which he stood side-by-side with the Russian president and cast doubts on their assessment that Russians had interfered with US elections.
"The sentence should have been, "I don't see any reason why I wouldn't, or why it wouldn't be Russia" instead of "why it would", Trump said of the comments he had made standing alongside Vladimir Putin on Monday's summit stage in Helsinki.
"Just because the Soviet Union broke apart, doesn't mean they stopped being our enemy", she said of Russian Federation. "A lot of people out there".
Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats issued a statement on Monday after the Helsinki news conference saying, "We have been clear in our assessments of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and their ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy".
"The sentence should have been: "I don't see any reason why I wouldn't" or "why it wouldn't be Russia".
TRUMP: My people came to me. they said they think it's Russian Federation.
"I don't know, have you ever seen the lights go out on a president before?"
Trump, who had the opportunity 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 USA intelligence agencies that the Russian state meddled in the election.
Anti-Trump vitriol has backfired on some lawmakers, notably SC congressman Mark Sanford.
At the same time the tweet was published the RIA news agency reported that a summit between the leaders of Russian Federation and North Korea is "on the agenda".
Trump sounded "grudgingly convinced" when he was shown the findings of Putin's interference on January 6 of previous year - just two weeks before his inauguration, according to the report, which cited multiple people who attended the briefing.
"Just because that somebody was simply red-headed, they were accused of being some sort of spy for Russian Federation".
"Nobody in Moscow who is realistic had any illusions that this one meeting can produce any breakthroughs", said Alexander Gabuev of the Carnegie Moscow Center.
Some Trump critics called on his key national security aides to quit in the face of the president saying that he had "confidence" in both Putin and the US intelligence community.