Published: Sat, July 21, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Under fire, Trump says he misspoke on Russian Federation election meddling

Under fire, Trump says he misspoke on Russian Federation election meddling

The White House said on Wednesday that Trump would meet with his team about U.S officials being questioned by Russian Federation.

In recent days, Paul has called those who questioned Trump's efforts to build a relationship with Putin "unhinged" and "crazy".

Trump said: "All I can do is ask the question". "This is what he does".

"We're doing very well, probably as well as anybody has ever done with Russian Federation".

But sanctions legislation can be notoriously complicated to write, and the broad scope of the measure - which would snap stiff sanctions on Russia's banking and energy sectors if the director of national intelligence found evidence of interference in the 2018 election - could have spillover effects that would hit U.S. businesses.

"I think President Putin knows that better than anybody, certainly a lot better than the media".

The event went so badly that Trump was forced out in front of cameras to run back his comments Tuesday, which he then negated by repeating the same statements made Monday. Trump has been scrambling to undo the damage from his comments on Monday in which he gave credence to Putin's denials over the conclusions of American intelligence services.

"But you haven't condemned Putin, specifically".

"Yeah and I've said that before", he said. I think that [CIA Director] Gina [Haspel] is excellent.

He also spoke for equality, saying that "I would have thought we had figured that out by now".

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Trump had earlier said he would upscale the aggression on China if there were any effort to suppress United States exports. It said, "the Chinese government will be forced to impose necessary countermeasures" to protect its "core interests".

Although what Trump said was bad, it was what was missing from his interview with Glor that stands out. "That must be the intelligence agencies", the president joked.

On Tuesday, Trump asserted that he had misspoken by saying "would" instead of "wouldn't". "I think I'm speaking for John Brennan and Mike Hayden, it's nearly a badge of honor, when the President sees fit to go after individual private citizens", said Clapper.

"The Russians want to have me handed over", Browder said.

Earlier the White House denied that Trump said that Russian Federation was no longer targeting the US, saying his answer "no" was about taking further questions not about potential interference in USA elections.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders, in the face of repeated questioning from reporters, insisted that Trump was saying "no" to further questions from reporters and not replying to the query about Russian Federation.

Republican Senator Jeff Flake and Democratic Senator Chris Coons were pushing on Wednesday for a Senate statement of support for USA intelligence agencies, whose work Trump largely disregarded in his Helsinki remarks.

Trump's comments at the White House followed a series of early morning Twitter posts Wednesday in which the Republican president said his summit with Putin would eventually produce "big results" and accused his critics of "Trump Derangement Syndrome".

"You've got to remember, these interpreters sometimes are not policy people", he said.

"Frankly, I don't think those US presidents at any point came off as not pursuing USA security interests, as being taken in by the Soviet leader they were meeting with", said Alina Polyakova, a foreign policy fellow at the Brookings Institution.

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