Trump Walks Back Controversial Comments On Russian Election Interference

Trump Walks Back Controversial Comments On Russian Election Interference

Kerry Wise
July 22, 2018

"The sentence should have been, I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be Russia", Trump said.

He sought at the White House on Tuesday to take back comments he made alongside Putin that called into question US intelligence findings of Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

"So many people at the higher ends of intelligence loved my press conference performance in Helsinki", Trump tweeted Wednesday morning. "Lots of other people out there". Which means that in purposely trying to fix the mess he made by suggesting he didn't totally believe his own intelligence community, Trump made the point that he doesn't totally believe his own intelligence community.

US 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.

"I said the word "would" instead of 'wouldn't, '" Trump told reporters at the White House, more than 24 hours after his appearance with Putin.

"I also think that many United States presidents have made the mistake to think that they can reset our relations with Russia", Hurd later said.

So when Trump said on Tuesday that "I have on numerous occasions noted our intelligence findings that Russians attempted to interfere in our election", he's not totally wrong.

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With that, Trump declared the contretemps over, insisting, "I think that probably clarifies things pretty good by itself".

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker also tweeted that "it is time for Congress to step up and take back our authorities".

"The European Union makes it impossible for our farmers and workers and companies to do business in Europe (U.S. has a 151 billion dollars trade deficit)".

"President Trump tried to squirm away from what he said yesterday".

Mr. Trump said that during the summit, Russia agreed to "help with North Korea", though he did not provide details on what the Russian government will be doing to aid in the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, adding, "There is no rush, the sanctions remain!" With the summit, Trump reaffirmed an American popular suspicion that he was "in the pocket of Putin", to put it in the words of Brennan. He also went after his Justice Department, calling its investigation into Russia's efforts and potential collusion with Trump's campaign a "disaster for our country". But The No. 2 Republican, Sen.

Trump later said that he misspoke in Helsinki about Russian interference in the elections.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein briefed Trump on July 9 about the forthcoming indictment before the President left on his European trip, according to the sources.