Trump claims he misspoke at Helsinki summit with Putin

Tyler Owen
July 18, 2018

Trump, who had the opportunity to publicly rebuke Putin during the news conference in Helsinki, instead praised the Russian leader for his "strong and powerful" denial of the conclusions of USA intelligence agencies that the Russian state meddled in the election.

Initially, Trump was reportedly shocked by the level of outrage from political circles - which included cable news hosts from almost every major network. But Trump did not strongly condemn the interference efforts, which US intelligence agencies insist did occur, including hacking of Democratic emails, the subject of last week's indictment of 12 Russians.

"He was enraged there was a lack of people out there defending him", the Republican said in a Vanity Fair report.

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.

But a handful of Trump loyalists remain in the president's camp. 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. Later, they will meet with the participation of U.S. and Russian officials.

Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell and House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan called Russia's government "menacing" and said they could consider additional sanctions on Russian Federation.

Albright said Trump's remarks, combined with his criticism of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies last week, "adds up to total confusion about what the role of the United States is". Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican, who had defended Trump in television interviews, saying he's been the focus of a "partisan investigation" over Russian Federation and that the President is "sensitive to that".

"The damage inflicted by President Trump's naiveté, egotism, false equivalence, and sympathy for autocrats is hard to calculate", Sen. "It's 24 hours too late, and in the wrong place", Schumer said.

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Paulsen is also not convinced by the president's saying that he misspoke.

Members of Congress, including several powerful Republicans, distanced themselves from Trump's remarks and aligned themselves with U.S. intelligence estimates that Russian Federation had interfered in the election.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a strong Trump supporter, called the president's remarks "the worst mistake of his presidency".

In a statement reportedly drafted by White House senior adviser Stephen Miller, Trump told reporters that the outrage based on his comments in Helsinki were attributed to a grammatical error.

"I've said this many times", Trump said, reading from the written statement.

Trump said on Tuesday he had complete faith in USA intelligence agencies and accepted their conclusions, although he insisted Russia's actions had no impact on the outcome. When asked pointedly if he would denounce Russia's alleged involvement and warn Putin not to do it again, Trump waffled. 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", Trump said.

Meanwhile, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio said, "it's what I wish he would have said initially, and I'm glad he said it now".

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