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Summit with Putin was 'even better' than North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting

Summit with Putin was 'even better' than North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting”

Trump's remarks Tuesday amounted to a presidential mop-up operation a day after he stood alongside Putin on foreign soil and sided with the Russian president over the US intelligence community.

There is no indication from the intelligence community that anyone other than Russia was involved in the interference effort, one that US intelligence agencies believe was conducted by Russian intelligence with the aim of boosting Trump's campaign. "There was no collusion at all".

He also said he misspoke when he implied he didn't think Russian Federation interfered - but not before doubling-down on his criticism of US allies and defense of his Putin summit.

Mr Gingrich called the president's comments "the most serious mistake of his presidency" while Mr Corker said the remarks made the U.S. "look like a pushover".

"I accept our intelligence community's conclusion that Russia's meddling in the 2016 election took place", he said Tuesday, appearing to read from prepared remarks, before suggesting that it "could be other people also". When asked if he believed the findings of his intelligence agencies on Russia's meddling, Trump had said: "My people came to me".

"The more he says there's no meddling, the more some people are going to think there's collusion", King added.

He said he thought it would have been obvious to observers that he had misspoken, but claimed what he had meant to say was he saw no reason why it "wouldn't" - not "would" - be Russian Federation who had interfered in the election.

"Let's be very clear, just so everybody knows: Russian Federation did meddle with our elections", said House Speaker Paul Ryan.

Just minutes earlier, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told reporters on Capitol Hill that there was "indisputable evidence" that Russian Federation interfered in the election, and that the conclusions have been accepted by both parties.

Trump's Europe trip "revealed that the president is now unbound, acting in accordance with his visceral beliefs about America's role in the world", said Thomas Wright, director of the Center on the United States and Europe at the Brookings Institution.

"President Trump must clarify his statements in Helsinki on our intelligence system and Putin", he tweeted as Trump headed home.

"We stand by our North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies and all those countries who are facing Russian Federation aggression", Ryan said.

Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky was one of the few Republican colleagues of Trump who came to his defense, saying, "The President has gone through a year and a half of totally partisan investigations - what's he supposed to think?"

"Trump has, indeed, become Putin's puppet", she said on Twitter.

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.

"Let's be very clear: Russian Federation meddled in our election", Ryan said.

House Speaker Paul Ryan piled on Tuesday, saying "there should be no doubt" about Russia's actions. The media only says I was rude to leaders, never mentions the money'. However, other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders disputed Trump's assertions.

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.



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