After backlash, Trump says misspoke on Russian election meddling


During a joint press conference in Helsinki with Putin, Trump said while he has "great confidence" in the U.S. intelligence community, Putin was "very powerful" in his denial of Russian interference in the 2016 election, comments that he attempted to walk back Tuesday.

The president's "America first" approach to foreign policy left him seeming to accept the word of a hostile power over his own intelligence agencies, insulting allies and sowing doubts about his commitment to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance.

"These are people that, in my opinion, are truly the bad people and they are being exposed for what they are and it's a shame that it has to happen, but it's really hurt our country", Trump said.

U.S. President Donald Trump said here on Tuesday that he will not lift the existing sanctions on Russian Federation, and that there is no "time limit" concerning the U.S. dialogue with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

On Tuesday, he corrected that sentence, saying: "The sentence should have been, 'I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be Russia.' Sort of a double negative".

Brennan left his top post at the spy agency as Trump was coming into office, criticizing the incoming president on his way out.

Trump's refusal to challenge Putin's denials of election meddling prompted an unusual response from the president's own director of national intelligence, Dan Coats, who reasserted his belief that Moscow attempted to influence the outcome of the 2016 election. When asked if he believed the Russian leader or his own intelligence agencies, Trump actually said there were "two thoughts" on the matter, and said he has "confidence in both parties".

He also said he accepts the American intelligence community's conclusion that Russian Federation interfered in the election, but he denied that his campaign had colluded in the effort. A lot of people out there.

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Democrats want Trump to detail all topics discussing during the meeting, including any "suggestions" Trump made to Putin.

By dusk, hundreds of activists, led by attorney Michael Avenatti and actress Alyssa Milano, staged a protest near the White House, with chants of "traitor!" echoing along Pennsylvania Avenue.

Later on Tuesday, Mr Trump tweeted: "The meeting between President Putin and myself was a great success, except in the Fake News Media!"

Several senators from both parties came out in support of tougher sanctions on Russian Federation.

Foreign Relations Committee, told reporters.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling and possible collusion with the Trump campaign has increasingly put pressure on the White House. The US government paid more than $77,000 to President Trump's Scottish golf resort ahead of his stay there for "hotel rooms for VIP visit", according to federal spending records, indicating that Trump's official visit to Europe likely generated revenue for his business empire.

"Not one", Trump replied. "We all saw it", the mayor said.