Trump blames ‘double negative’ for furor over Putin meeting

Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin at Helsinki summit press conferenceMore

Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin at Helsinki summit press conferenceMore

Mr Trump told reporters at the White House that he had full faith and support for USA intelligence agencies and accepted their conclusion that Russian Federation meddled in the election.

Senior administration officials were quoted as saying that they wanted Trump to say clearly that he believes US intelligence over Putin and that there will not be any effort by the U.S.to cooperate with Russian Federation on the ongoing probe of Moscow's alleged meddling in USA elections.

"The sentence should've been, 'I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be Russian Federation, ' sort of a double negative", Trump added.

Still, Canadian officials were hard at work trying to get a better sense of what was said during the two-hour, closed-door meeting between Putin and Trump - and what ramifications, if any, the discussion would have for Canada. "I accept our intelligence community's conclucsion that Russia's meddling int eh 2016 election took place".

CNN producer David P Gelles shared a screenshot of what he assumed was the phrase "THERE WAS NO COLLUSION" written in all caps across Trump's talking points.

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"I'm not pro-Russia, pro-anybody", Trump said. But diverting from his typewritten notes, the President added: "It could be other people also".

Russian president Vladimir Putin called Donald Trump a competent leader, with headlines calling out that: 'good results were reached, ' 'Trump considers Putin a strong leader, ' and that 'Russian annexation of Crimea is not off the table'.

If the Russian press agreed with outsiders on one thing, it's that Putin was the victor. The Pentagon has also increased spending on the USA military in Europe to help North Atlantic Treaty Organisation deter Russian Federation from pressuring its neighbors.

However, Mr Trump found support from Republican Senator Rand Paul, who blamed "Trump derangement syndrome" for the criticism - prompting a supportive tweet from the president himself.

Some US lawmakers have suggested passing resolutions to voice support for intelligence agencies or to invest more in election security and preventing cyber attacks.

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Addressing reporters before the one-on-one meeting, Putin struck a casual pose during Trump's remarks, slouching in his chair with his legs wide and eyes low.

By 230-183, the House rejected a Democratic measure endorsing Speaker Paul Ryan's remarks criticizing Russian Federation. But Ryan was bombarded with questions about Trump's Helsinki performance, whether it damaged American interests and whether Congress would do anything beyond expressing regret.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said Trump's comments on Tuesday were another sign of weakness, particularly his statement that it "could be other people" responsible for the election meddling.

McConnell's words came just minutes before President Donald Trump was expected to speak about the Helsinki summit on Monday. "I don't see any reason why it would be", he replied.

"Thanks to many years of USA foolishness and stupidity": Vladimir Putin seized Crimea, sponsored a proxy war in Ukraine, murdered Russian journalists, poisoned former Russian intelligence agents in the United Kingdom, gutted his country's fledgling democratic institutions, and propped up a Syrian leader who used chemical weapons repeatedly on his own people-all because of us.

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