US Lawmakers Still Seething Over Trump-Putin Summit

Saul Bowman
July 19, 2018

He backed away from his public undermining of American intelligence agencies, saying he misspoke when he said he saw no reason to believe Russian Federation had interfered in the 2016 US election. "What's the big deal?'" he said.

The White House is denying that President Trump believes Russian Federation is no longer targeting US elections and other infrastructure, despite his apparent answer to a reporter's question Wednesday morning.

The President - who regards the probe as an attack on his legitimacy - has dubbed it a "witch hunt", and again said on July 17 there were "no collusion at all".

Trump's decision to defend Putin's innocence over his own intelligence community's assessment of Russian interference in the 2016 election inspired outrage and shock from politicians and media outlets alike, especially given the recent indictments by Special Counsel Robert Mueller of 12 Russian Nationals for the hacking of Democrat emails.

In a tweet Trump said he elicited a promise from Putin to help negotiate with North Korea but did not say how.

"We are doing very well".

Trump's performance at Monday's news conference drew widespread condemnation, as he appeared to side with Putin over the us intelligence community, which has concluded that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election.

Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan said there was no doubt Russian Federation had meddled in U.S. elections and that Mr Putin "does not share our values".

But while the USA leader 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".

Once order was restored, he said he had been in the dark as to why a storm had swirled around his presidency since his Helsinki summit with Vladimir Putin.

KIRO Radio's Dori Monson could have a new career in store as a speech-writer for President Trump. "A lot of people out there". "I have great confidence in my intelligence people, but I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today". "I think that's an incredible offer".

Another senior Republican, Senator John McCain, said it was "one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory".

Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer said Trump's tweets on Wednesday showed he was not committed to accepting the findings of intelligence agencies, and his Tuesday comments were merely damage control.

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