Trump sheds light on his crucial error at Putin summit

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That's how three top Republicans described U.S. President Donald Trump's comments during Monday's summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. "I said the word "would" instead of 'wouldn't, '" Trump told reporters at the White House.

The White House said Trump would address the summit to reporters ahead of an otherwise unrelated 2 p.m. ET meeting with lawmakers at the White House.

By 230-183, the House rejected a Democratic measure endorsing Speaker Paul Ryan's remarks criticizing Russian Federation.

Standing alongside Putin, Trump steered clear of any confrontation with the Russian, going so far as to question American intelligence and last week's federal indictments that accused 12 Russians of hacking into Democratic email accounts to hurt Hillary Clinton in 2016.

And he voiced support for USA intelligence agencies - a day after he had refused to accept their findings on Russia's election interference over Putin's denials - and vowed to take action to prevent further attacks.

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The political firestorm over his performance at the Helsinki news conference has engulfed the administration and spread to his fellow Republicans, eclipsing most of the frequent controversies that have erupted during Trump's turbulent 18 months in office.

A day after his much-criticized news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Trump attempted some damage control Tuesday, saying "I accept" the findings of the USA intelligence community that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential campaign.

Six Democrats sent a letter to Trump on Tuesday saying Americans "have a right to know" what the two leaders discussed during their closed-door meeting on Monday in Helsinki, Finland. But he said there is broad understanding in both parties about the threat posed by Russian Federation and warned of more sanctions if the Kremlin attempts to meddle in any future election, including the midterms coming up in November. 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. "The worry is that an emboldened Russian Federation will do things that will increase the risk and security uncertainty".

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

And then, in a telling ad-lib, Trump added: "Could be other people also".

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"President Trump proved not only unable, but unwilling to stand up to Putin", McCain continued.

"To me, it looks like a D.C. -centered media feeding frenzy", he said, adding: "I think, overall, he is doing a great job and he has my support".

Let's examine President Trump's statement, piece by piece.

Analyst Pavel Felgengauer suggested the meeting may have paved the way for a bargain that would see the United States increasing pressure on Iran, and Russian Federation ramping up its influence over Ukraine.

"There are a lot of us who fully understand what happened in 2016 and it really better not happen again in 2018", McConnell said.

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Republicans may have been relieved, but they still have questions about that two hour meeting with Putin.

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