"Let me begin by saying that once again, full faith and support for America's intelligence agencies".
"While Russia's actions had no impact at all on the outcome of the election".
Just minutes earlier, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told reporters on Capitol Hill that there was "indisputable evidence" that Russian Federation interfered in the election, and that the conclusions have been accepted by both parties.
"And it's really hard to believe that if it was a simple mistake, one that caused this global uproar, why did the White House leave it for 24 hours before clarifying it when it could have been done in the immediate aftermath of the press conference?"
In fact, the reaction back home has been immediate and visceral, among fellow Republicans as well as usual Trump critics.
Republican lawmakers including House Speaker Paul Ryan, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce, and Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker all publicly criticized Trump for his performance. First lady Melania Trump was also aboard and was involved in some of the discussions, but not all of them, the people familiar with the matter said.
Taking direct issue with the president who appointed him, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said United States spy agencies have been "clear" and "fact-based" in their assessment that Moscow interfered in the presidential race two years ago.More news: Amazon Prime Day: The best deals on bluetooth and wireless speakers
The push by conservatives for a bill that was introduced in January by Rubio and Democratic Sen. After a journalist asked a question at their joint press conference Monday in Helsinki using soccer metaphors, Putin pulled out a red-and-white ball and tossed it at Trump, at the neighboring podium.Trump said he'd give it to his 12-year-old son Barron, a soccer fan.
In the House, Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi planned a vote Tuesday in support of the intelligence committee's findings that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election.
Also charged one day later was Maria Butina, a 29-year-old Russian national charged with using contacts she built up within the National Rifle Association (NRA) to facilitate communications between Russian officials from the Kremlin and a USA political party that was not named in the court documents.
Trump sparked widespread condemnation after insisting that "President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial" that Russian Federation had hacked the 2016 presidential election.
His Monday statement drew a quick rebuttal from his director of national Intelligence, Dan Coats. "We want to think through what we do so that it benefits our country", Corker said. Trump said he would be taking meetings and calls while at the resort.
FYI, what Trump said in Helsinki: "I have great confidence in my intelligence people".
The New York Times devoted much of its front page to the story leading with the headline "Trump, with Putin, attacks 2016 intelligence" above a photograph of the two leaders shaking hands.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein briefed Trump on July 9 about the forthcoming indictment before the President left on his European trip, according to the sources.