Published: Sat, July 21, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Backtracking president keeps stumbling over Russian Federation

Backtracking president keeps stumbling over Russian Federation

He said that Trump, on the other hand, has expanded sanctions on Russian companies, beefed up North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, increased USA defense spending, restored missile defenses to Poland and the Czech Republic and ended the ban of oil exports to try and compete with Russian energy.

The American president claimed his Russian counterpart was "extremely strong and powerful in his denial" of any election meddling - even though Trump said he has "great confidence" in the US intelligence community.

As the lights were quickly switched on, Trump asked if everyone was OK. But he then lowered his voice and responded, "No".

The White House quickly said that wasn't what Trump was saying. She said the administration is taking measures on Russian meddling "to ensure that it doesn't happen again".

During his remarks, Trump reiterated his belief that it was a good thing to get along with Russian Federation and highlighted the successes of his three stops in Europe. "Do I believe that? No".

Senators had floated a similar idea earlier, and Republican Jeff Flake of Arizona said he was preparing a bipartisan bill.

Speaking at a meeting with US lawmakers at the White House, Trump said he was misquoted at the press conference with Putin, when he was reported saying "I don't see any reason. why it would be Russia" to a question pressing him whether Russian Federation meddled in USA politics.

Trump made the remarks on Twitter on July 18, as he continued to face sharp criticism from USA lawmakers and others who denounced his statements at a news conference with Putin after the meeting in Helsinki. "I'm not pro-Russia, pro-anybody, I just want to have this country be safe, I don't want nuclear weapons- even people thinking about it".

"I think he's got a reason to be friends with Putin", Flaskey said.

When asked about what he told the Russian leader on the alleged meddling, Trump said, "Very strong on the fact that we can't have meddling, we can't have any of that now look. Long before I won, I mean during the campaign I guess probably during the Republican, when I was fighting against 17 other Republicans - this has been going on for a long time", he continued, repeating a darling, but exhausted talking point.

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The former combat engineer with the U.S. Marine Corps sat glued to his cellphone screen in his downtown Seattle office, watching live on Monday as the American president suggested he believed Putin's denial that his agents interfered in the 2016 U.S. elections.

At the press conference Trump failed to challenge Putin over the 2016 presidential election, seeming to accept at face value the strongman's denial that Moscow interfered in a bid to undermine Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. The conservative website Drudge Report declared, "Putin Dominates in Hel", referring to Helsinki.

On Tuesday, Trump backtracked on the comments, saying he accidentally uttered "would" instead of "wouldn't". Others say Trump's relationship with Putin, whatever it may be, is positive for the USA, and won't change their minds about their president.

"It could be other people also".

Despite the public statement from Coats, Trump initially had been unwilling to back down from Helsinki remarks, according to a person familiar with deliberations.

His remarks came during a meeting with vice president Mike Pence, treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin and several members of Congress.

After Mr Trump executed a stunning backflip 24 hours later, claiming he had simply misspoken and said the wrong word, his excuse was mocked as ridiculous.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election meddling and possible collusion with the Trump campaign has increasingly put pressure on the White House. Some lawmakers were also upset that Mr Trump had refused to offer specific criticisms of Russian Federation and Mr Putin, instead saying both countries were responsible for poor relations.

Sanders's explanation of Wednesday's mix-up also raised additional questions. He added that it was "sort of a double negative". Trump raged about him on Twitter, and the lawmaker ultimately lost his Republican primary last month to a Trump loyalist.

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