Trump keeps up defense of Helsinki performance

Trump keeps up defense of Helsinki performance

Trump keeps up defense of Helsinki performance

"It was important for the President to know what information we've uncovered because he's got to make very important decisions for the country, so he needs to understand what evidence we have of foreign election interference", Rosenstein said.

US President Donald Trump insisted on Wednesday that his meeting with Vladimir Putin could prove successful, as he tries to quell fury in Washington after appearing to defer to the Russian leader over US intelligence chiefs.

For his part, Nelson took to the Senate floor within a few hours Monday to denounce the president, calling Trump's comments "alarming. embarrassing and. unacceptable".

Trump was roundly criticized for the summit, which took place just days after Robert Mueller's Russia investigation turned in 12 indictments against Russian military officers for hacking the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton's campaign, stealing emails that were then leaked to the internet in an effort to help Trump win the election.

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Hurd responded by saying it "starts with having a clear strategy". "We believe that the threat still exists" and are taking actions to block Russian cyberattacks, Sanders said.

U.S. intelligence agencies concluded previous year that the Russian government interfered in the 2016 election campaign and sought to tilt the vote in Trump's favor, which Moscow has denied.

There was no comment from the Kremlin on Trump's announcement. I guess we're back to that 400-pound hacker meddling in our elections from his basement.

Not everyone was convinced. He said he misspoke by one word when he said he saw no reason to believe Russian Federation had interfered in the 2016 USA election. And Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., declared, "A single, ominous question now hangs over the White House".

Criticism of the meeting from members of both parties continued to drown out other messages from the White House Thursday. Sen.

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"Just standing and selling your country downriver on foreign soil in front of your adversary - there's no precedent for such disgraceful and irrational behavior", Brinkley said. "I don't see any reason why it would be", Trump said.

"Congress has already taken various steps when it comes to Russian Federation and its interference in 2016, this will just be one moving forward that hopefully would deter future attacks, which I believe is the real threat here ultimately", Rubio said on Tuesday.

It was easily Trump's worst moment as president, even if it wasn't - as some over the top Democratic critics said, treasonable. But I'm telling you today, I trust USA intelligence.

Beyond reaffirming support for United States intelligence agencies, Flake said the resolution would call for "some kind of hearing or briefing by those involved" in the private Trump-Putin meeting in Helsinki, "to try to find out what happened in that private meeting".

"We got along well which truly bothered many haters who wanted to see a boxing match", Trump wrote.

The lights came back on seconds later, to which Trump said, "There it goes. OK".

During his news conference along side Putin in Helsinki on Monday, Trump stated he didn't see "any reason" why Russian Federation was responsible for hacking the 2016 election, as US intelligence agencies have found. "Lots of other people out there".

But even as Trump said he accepted USA intelligence agencies' conclusions that Russian Federation was behind the election hacking, he added, as he has before: "It could be other people also". The president said he meant to say, "I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be Russian Federation".

Pomeranz said the damage Trump did by describing the E.U.as a foe and lecturing his North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies was significant.

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