Amid criticism over Putin summit, President Trump wants second meeting


On Monday, Trump appeared to accept Putin's denial of Russian interference in the U.S. 2016 presidential election at their joint press conference in Helsinki, sparking uproar in Washington.

Asked by reporters at the start of a Cabinet meeting whether Russian Federation is still targeting the U.S., President Trump shook his head and said "no".

The cable news morning show had played clips of the president's interview with CBS anchor Jeff Glor where Trump took a much tougher line on Putin.

Trump did walk back his post-Putin summit comments on Tuesday, saying he'd misspoken when he said he saw no reason why it was Russian Federation that had interfered in the 2016 election.

"If we're in the majority, we'll probably be more effective and you'd see a lot stronger things protecting American security than you will with this majority, which seems so afraid of President Trump".

Mr Trump, by contrast, has come under widespread domestic criticism about the meeting both from Democratic opponents and senior Republicans.

Trump 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.

"Some people HATE the fact that I got along well with President Putin of Russian Federation".

Just hours before the CBS interview was broadcast, the White House was forced to clarify another statement Trump gave at a Cabinet meeting earlier on Wednesday.

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Kate Handley, a 22-year Navy veteran whose husband is still on active duty, said Trump's reluctance to fully support American intelligence agencies also undermines the USA military. That came just days after National Intelligence Director Dan Coats sounded an alarm, comparing the cyberthreat today to the way USA officials said before 9/11 that intelligence channels were "blinking red" with warning signs that a terror attack was imminent. "It is why I believe we are at a critical point", Coats said on Friday. Trump called the proposal "an incredible offer".

"We talked about this of course while meeting President Trump".

Democrats say the woman who translated for Trump - and the notes she likely took - could provide critical information about the meeting.

Lawmakers from both parties have been sounding the alarm over fresh interference by Russian Federation as they push to fortify USA election infrastructure ahead of the midterm elections. "We know he's coming after me because of the Magnitsky Act", Browder said on "The Story". But he added, "It could be other people also".

This was not the first time Trump described journalists as the "enemy of the people", a phrase with a long and complicated history in the former Soviet Union. In exchange, Putin wants Russian interviews of Americans accused by the Kremlin of unspecified crimes.

He added that he stood behind the USA intelligence agencies' assessment of Moscow's election meddling.

It was the second time this week that Trump's words about Russian interference required clarification and revision by the White House.

"We're going to make sure that Congress does everything it can to protect this country", said Sen.