Andy Harris praises Trump's Russian Federation summit, bashes press

Andy Harris praises Trump's Russian Federation summit, bashes press

"Just to repeat it, I said the word would instead of wouldn't", Trump said, referring to his answer at the press conference, in response to a question about whether Russian Federation had tried to influence the American election: "All I can do is ask the question - my people came to me, Dan Coats came to me and some others, they said they think it's Russian Federation".

Reading from prepared remarks, Trump said he misspoke during the press conference when he said he didn't see any reason why Russian Federation would have been behind the meddling. The speaker said he stood by his Monday statement that "the president must appreciate that Russian Federation is not our ally".

Trump stunned the world by shying away from criticizing the Russian leader for Moscow's actions to undermine the election and cast doubt on US intelligence agencies, prompting calls by some USA lawmakers for tougher sanctions and other actions to punish Russia.

Instead, the U.S. president stunned the world by shying away from criticizing the Russian leader for Moscow's actions to undermine the election and cast doubt on USA intelligence agencies.

Mr Trump said: "I realise there's a need for some clarification", adding that what he meant "should have been obvious - I thought it would be obvious but would like to clarify in case it wasn't".

Trump said Tuesday he misspoke a day earlier when he seemed to side with Russian President Vladimir Putin over the conclusion by the United States intelligence committees that Russia had meddled in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

A Republican aide said the panel originally asked to meet him following Trump's meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un but added Russian Federation to the agenda following the president's tumultuous meeting with Putin. Reading prepared remarks to reporters, Trump reiterated that there had been no collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation and that the country's efforts had no impact on the final election results.

House Speaker Paul Ryan - a Republian - insisted Tuesday that Russian Federation had hacked the election Trump won, although added that they did not influence the final result. "But I think we will end up having an extraordinary relationship".

On Monday the U.S. and Russian presidents held almost two hours of one-on-one talks without their advisers in the Finnish capital Helsinki. The sentence should have been, I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be Russian Federation. Republicans strongly support President Trump's more orthodox actions, such as his nomination of Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court and last year's tax bill.

The channel's report gave clear precedence to Putin, running lengthy excerpts of his comments, with fewer, shorter soundbites from Trump.

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

If tangible results from the meeting were thin, the ceremony of it and the civil atmosphere between the two world leaders received considerable attention and was interpreted as a move toward improving the soured relations between Washington and Moscow. Putin said he wanted Trump to win the race against Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Foreign Relations Committee, told reporters.

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