President Donald Trump tried to clarify remarks amid the fallout and furor over his summit and press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, telling reporters that he misspoke and that his administration was taking steps to prevent 2018 election interference.
In Helsinki, as Putin looked on, Trump said the following to a question about whether he believed USA intelligence agencies, or Putin's denials of interference: "My people came to me ... they said they think it's Russian Federation. There was no collusion at all".
U.S. intelligence services have concluded Russian agents had attempted to influence the election in Mr Trump's favour through a coordinated campaign of fake news and social media bots.
Standing alongside Putin on Monday, Trump said: "They said they think it's Russian Federation; I have President Putin, he just said it's not Russian Federation".
In a morning tweet, the president blamed the media for negative coverage of his joint news conference Monday with Putin in Helsinki - a performance by Trump that was widely panned by members of both American political parties. With Putin at his side, Trump blatantly rejected that finding by saying he didn't "see any reason why" Russian Federation would try to interfere.
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There was one Republican who was not here for Trump's shenanigans with Putin - Arizona Senator John McCain . Even the dictionary, always subtweeting the president, passive aggressively tweeted the meaning of patriot.
The issue of Russian election interference could come up later on Tuesday, when Trump was scheduled to meet with members of Congress, although it is expected to focus on tax reform.
United States officials had hoped that maybe, just maybe, the summit between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin would end differently - without a freewheeling 46-minute news conference in which Trump attacked his own Federal Bureau of Investigation on foreign soil and warmly praised archrival Russia.
Trump took on his critics via Twitter on Tuesday morning, saying he had "a great meeting with NATO" and "an even better meeting" with Putin, but saying that "it is not being reported that way" and that "the Fake News is going insane".
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) called on Republicans to take a series of steps in response to Trump's Helsinki remarks, including holding hearings with White House national security officials to determine what happened at the summit between Trump and Putin.
"I accept our intelligence community's conclusion that Russia's meddling in the 2016 election took pace".
Trump sheds light on his crucial error at Putin summit
By 230-183, the House rejected a Democratic measure endorsing Speaker Paul Ryan's remarks criticizing Russian Federation . Republicans may have been relieved, but they still have questions about that two hour meeting with Putin.
"My people came to me. and some others, they said they think it's Russia", Trump said.
Moments earlier, McConnell felt the need to reassure America's allies in Europe with whom Trump clashed during his frenzied trip last week.
The president has also taken notice of Paul's support, thanking the Republican senator on Twitter Tuesday.
Trump also said Mueller's probe was a "disaster" that has kept the two Cold War adversaries "separated". He said that Russian Federation "did meddle with our elections" and that he would consider further sanctions against Moscow.
FYI, what Trump said in Helsinki: "I have great confidence in my intelligence people".
But Paul has maintained that the outrage is less about substance and more about "Trump derangement syndrome".
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Trump being sworn in as the 45th President of the United States on January 20th, 2017. Watch it. "President Trump should absolutely cancel this meeting with Putin", Mr.
Trump also at varying times in his European trip disparaged the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance, which was formed to counter the former Soviet Union.