Trump Reverses Summit Remarks, Saying Russia Meddled in Election

"I have the strongest respect for our intelligence agencies, headed by my people", Trump said at the previously unscheduled session with a small group of White House reporters as he prepared to meet with some House Republicans about additional tax cuts. "I always have", Trump said, re-writing history.

"I don't see any reason why it would be", Trump said.

US President Donald Trump, left, listens to Russian President Vladimir Putin during a press conference after their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, on July 16, 2018. "I don't see any reason why it would be", Trump said. He was asked whether he holds Russian Federation accountable for "anything in particular", Trump responded, "I hold both countries responsible".

Taking direct issue with the president who appointed him, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said U.S. spy agencies have been "clear" and "fact-based" in their assessment that Moscow interfered in the presidential race two years ago.

But while Trump expressed his 'full faith and support for America's great intelligence agencies, ' he insisted that 'Russia's actions had no impact at all on the outcome of the election'.

When questioned about Russia specifically, a majority of registered voters (55 percent) said they disapproved of Trump's handling of Russian relations, while only 37 percent approved of the same. A lot of people out there.

Emanuel was ready to tee off on Trump after spending most of a morning news conference Tuesday addressing the fatal police shooting of a barber in the South Shore neighborhood this weekend.

At the summit, Trump appeared to favor Russian President Vladimir Putin's denial of Russian meddling over the assessment of US intelligence agencies that Russia did try to interfere.

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But he praised Mrs May as a "very tough negotiator" and described her as an "incredible woman" who is "doing a fantastic job". Mrs May also insisted that her controversial blueprint for Brexit represents a " good deal " for the UK.

After his summit with Putin, Trump told reporters at a joint news conference that the Russian leader was "extremely strong" in his denial of election interference. Vladimir Putin does not share our interests.

"Today's press conference in Helsinki was one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory", Sen.

"This has to be recognized for what it is, which is simply an effort to clean up the mess he made yesterday, which is beyond the capacity of any short statement to fix", said Adam Schiff, the senior Democrat on the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee. But she took issue with the president's tone, saying Trump bullied other countries into something and then took credit for it. But it is clear that the summit in Helsinki was a tragic mistake.

With regard to business links between the two superpowers, Putin spotlighted a high-level business working group that the presidents had brainstormed during their one-on-one. He seemed to accept Putin's insistence that his government had done nothing. "That must be the intelligence agencies", the president joked.

"President Trump approaches talks with Russian Federation grounded in realism, but our desire for friendship, cooperation, and peace remain", read another.

Trump's comments also stunned some pundits on the president's favorite television channel: Fox News.

Speaking to reporters at the White House, he insisted that "I have helped the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance greatly" by prodding allies to spend more on mutual defense. Removing a president from office requires bipartisan buy-in, prompts months-long political and legal trauma, and is far more hard than the political assassination of an Australian prime minister.

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