Trump unfazed by GOP criticism, says Putin meeting was great

‘You Stood There Like a Little Wet Noodle’: Schwarzenegger Slams Trump After Putin News Conference

‘You Stood There Like a Little Wet Noodle’: Schwarzenegger Slams Trump After Putin News Conference

Despite numerous prompts from reporters, none of the GOP panelists could bring themselves to criticize Trump for his comments refuting the US intelligence community's assessment that Russia engaged in an extensive influence campaign in the 2016 election and siding with Putin as the Russian president denied that the Kremlin issued any such directives.

In a statement, Coats said that the USA intelligence community has "been clear in our assessments of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and their ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy, and we will continue to provide unvarnished and objective intelligence in support of our national security".

In an extraordinary postscript to Monday's joint news conference in Helsinki, Trump went on to claim that he misspoke when he appeared to take the Russian leader's denial of interference at face value.

Trump declined to endorse the U.S. government's assessment that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 USA presidential election, instead publicly embracing Putin's "extremely strong and powerful" denial. But even then he made a point of adding, "It could be other people also". Lotta people out there.

He pointedly called out the president for refusing to denounce Russian interference in the 2016 election during Monday's press conference at the Helsinki Summit.

He said that he meant to say: "I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be Russian Federation".

"I reassured President Trump that Russian Federation stands ready to extend this treaty, to prolong it, but we have to agree on the specifics at first because we have some questions to our American partners", he said.

"So, I give these comments about 24 hours before he once again slams the investigation, before he once again sided with authoritarians like Vladimir Putin". He said Special Counsel Robert Mueller should be allowed to finish his investigation.

"Two days of infamy where an American president used moral equivalency; failed to condemn a U.S. adversary and hate groups; and betrayed U.S. values/interests", Miller said.

The president also offered thanks to Kentucky Republican Sen.

Although he faced pressure from critics, allied countries and even his own staff to take a tough line, Trump spoke not a single disparaging word in public about Moscow on any of the issues that have brought relations between the two nuclear powers to the lowest ebb since the Cold War.

Meanwhile, House minority leader Nancy Pelosi said that Trump's comment Tuesday "embarrasses our nation even further".

Trump says Russian actions had no impact on the outcome of the vote and the administration would work aggressively to protect the November 2018 congressional elections. "And when you put it together with Trump's statements, his affinity toward Putin, his willingness to concede to Russian Federation, his cold shoulder toward the US's closest some point you have to start thinking the unthinkable, which is that the president of the United States may have been compromised by Russian Federation". "But I really do want to see the server but I have, I have confidence in both parties". "So just to repeat it, I said the word "would" instead of "wouldn't".

Republican lawmakers including House Speaker Paul Ryan, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce, and Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker all publicly criticised Trump for his performance.

"President Putin just said it's not Russia", Trump said.

Speaking to reporters in the Oval Office on Tuesday, Trump said he had misspoken.

Last week, I wrote that the best way to think about a Trump Doctrine is as nothing more than Trumpism on the worldwide stage.

'You're the president of the United States, you shouldn't do that.