Trump says ‘I accept’ US intelligence agencies’ conclusions on Russian meddling

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President Donald Trump said Tuesday he accepts that Russian Federation sought to influence the 2016 USA election, and that he misspoke by appearing to accept Vladimir Putin's denials over those of his own intelligence chiefs.

Less than 24 hours after proclaiming Tuesday his "full faith and support for America's great intelligence agencies", Trump at first seemed to contradict those agencies once again during Wednesday morning's Cabinet meeting.

POTUS is facing serious backlash for not only praising his controversial counterpart, but initially believing the Russian leader when he said that Russia had not meddled in the 2016 USA election-this despite the fact that US intelligence agencies had indicted 12 Russian agents for the hacking of the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign just days prior.

Trump told reporters at the White House that he had faith in his country's intelligence agencies and accepted their conclusion that Russian Federation meddled in the election.

"I think it's kept us apart, it's kept us separated", Trump said. "The sentence should have been, 'I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be Russian Federation'".

Five of these individuals have pleaded guilty, including three former Trump advisors, although none of the crimes they have admitted to directly relate to collusion with Russian Federation. The best compilation of this evidence that I've seen was presented by Jonathan Chait, in NY magazine, in an article headlined, "Will Trump Be Meeting With His Counterpart-Or His Handler?"

Everyone got mad, in both parties.

"It's kept us apart", he added.

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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.

"There was no collusion at all".

The photo was taken before Trump and Putin's almost two-hour one-on-one meeting, which was followed by a press conference. Pelosi also wants to force a vote on the House floor on a resolution rebuking Trump's remarks in Helsinki.

President Donald Trump (L) and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hands during a joint press conference after their summit on July 16, 2018 in Helsinki, Finland.

They were charged with hacking into the accounts of the Democratic National Committee, Hillary Clinton's campaign and other party operatives during the presidential election, according to the announcement by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

In Helsinki, Putin said he had indeed wanted Trump to win the election - a revelation that might have made more headlines if not for Trump's performance - but had taken no action to make it happen.

But the USA president has found precious little support for his failure to confront Putin, and faced calls even from allies to change tack.

Several senators, including Republican Ben Sasse, Republican Pat Toomey, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and Mark Warner, the senior Democrat on the Senate intelligence panel, have backed more sanctions on Russian Federation, but it was unclear whether Senate or House of Representatives leaders would support such a move or how new sanctions might be crafted. "If Congress doesn't act, then I think we give a signal to the rest of the world that this is the new American policy, a policy that embraces Putin and all he represents".

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