Trump Tries To Clean Up After Disastrous Putin Summit

Nellie Chapman
July 19, 2018

"My people came to me".

"I mean, the president never makes a distinction between collusion and meddling", King said.

Some lawmakers said they would seek remedies in Congress. "I have President Putin". They said they think it's Russian Federation.

'President Trump I just saw your press conference with President Putin, and it was embarrassing, ' Schwarzenegger said, addressing the president in a 45-second clip he posted to Twitter.

The reaction in the United States was swift.

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., flanked by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., left, and Rep. Mia Love, R-Utah, talks to reporters following a GOP strategy session on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 17, 2018. But that didn't work, and the criticism continued with House speaker Paul Ryan - who is second in line to the presidency after the vice-president - and Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell joining in. Only one congressman, 5th District Republican Doug Lamborn, has been silent publicly.

"My people came to me - Dan Coats came to me and some others - they said they think it's Russian Federation".

Trump explained that the reason he gave his support to Russian Federation on Monday was because of a simple grammatical error - he meant to use a double negative, but forgot!

It remains unclear if members of the president's party will back up their statements with concrete action, as Republicans on Capitol Hill have largely been noncommittal so far when it comes to advocating for further punitive measures against Russian Federation, attempting to rein in Trump or seeking to protect special counsel Robert Mueller.

- What now for US-Russia relations? "He's got to reverse course immediately".

In Tuesday's statement, Trump also said: "I accept our intelligence community's conclusion that Russia's meddling in the 2016 election took place".

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Trump's approach to Putin is testing support even among some Republicans, with several speaking out to remind the president that Russian Federation is a long-time U.S. adversary. Instead, he held a summit with no plan that only served to elevate Putin on the world stage.

"We stand by our North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies and all those countries who are facing Russian aggression", Ryan said.

He reiterated his long-held stance that Russia's meddling operation did not change the outcome of his win over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, and again said he believes other entities - not just Russian Federation - tried to upend the 2016 race.

"The Russian Defense Ministry is ready to enliven contact with the US colleagues, between our general staffs and via other communication channels, to discuss extension of the START Treaty, cooperation in Syria and other topical issues of military security", Konashenkov said Tuesday. "Further, POTUS statements undermining Federal Bureau of Investigation and shifting blame for Russian misdeeds are outrageous".

"Shameful", "disgraceful", "weak" were a few of the comments by American politicians and Trump backers. "They're caught in between the moderate independents that they don't want to lose and their credibility and the Trump base, and it's a tough little niche to find at times because they know no matter what the president says and does, his base will be with him". However, other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders disputed Trump's assertions.

"We need to stand with our allies and in strong opposition to the rising tide of fascism and extreme nationalism that, historically, always ends with death and suffering".

"Russia is trying to undermine democracy itself". It was the first vote testing how Congress will react to Trump's remarks.

US intelligence agencies concluded past year that the Russian government interfered in the 2016 election campaign and sought to tilt the vote in Trump's favor, something Moscow has long denied.

Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the US House of Representatives intelligence panel, said Putin would take Trump's comments as "a green light to interfere in 2018".

Trump has previously claimed that he believes the USA intelligence agencies.

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