Trump Attempts To Calm Fears: 'I Gave Up NOTHING' To Putin


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Trump adds on the Putin meeting: "Also, we got along very well, which is a good thing, except for the Corrupt Media!"

Trump's tweets on Thursday come as he has alternated between trying to quell a political uproar over his comments in Helsinki - he refused to back the United States intelligence community's assessment of Russian efforts to influence the 2016 election during a joint news conference with Putin, instead touting Putin's strong denials - and his desire to not back down or apologize over his performance.

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As President Donald Trump found himself under pressure from his own party this past week, Republican U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta of Pennsylvania reached for his shield.

He went on to highlight the intelligence community's efforts to "inform and support President Trump's ongoing efforts to prevent Russian meddling" in the upcoming midterm elections, as well as to help the US President to "build strong relationships internationally in order to maintain peace,"pave the way for the denuclearization of "dangerous regimes" and ensure the security of the US and its allies".

"Say that again. Did I hear you?" he asked, appearing amused.

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Trump had tweeted Sunday that President Obama "didn't tell our campaign" about Russia, "Because it is all a big hoax".

U.S. Justice Department Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating the alleged Russian meddling as well as any possible collusion by Trump's campaign.

"The disconnect can not continue", Gowdy said on Fox News on Sunday (Monday NZT). Any expression of concern about Russian interference seems, in President Trump's mind, to delegitimize his electoral victory, and consequently his presidency.

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Trump tweeted Monday: "A disgrace to America".

Earlier on July 23, Trump posted a tweet that seemed to contradict a recent statement in which he said he accepted the intelligence community's conclusion that Russian Federation interfered in the election he won.

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That "Fake Dirty Dossier" is "responsible for starting the totally conflicted and discredited Mueller Witch Hunt!" "The Democrats want to try to find that one drop of blood in the water so that they can focus on Russian Federation, their favorite subject". But Trump cast doubt once again in a Sunday tweet, diminishing at least the significance, if not the existence, of the interference and the US investigation into Russia's actions.