Trump now says he holds Putin responsible for election interference

President Trump & President Putin at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki Finland

President Trump & President Putin at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki Finland

Standing alongside Mr Putin at a press conference following talks between the two leaders on Tuesday, Mr Trump said he was not convinced Moscow had attempted to tip the election in his favour.

During a joint press conference in Helsinki with Putin, Trump said while he has "great confidence" in the U.S. intelligence community, Putin was "very powerful" in his denial of Russian interference in the 2016 election, comments that he attempted to walk back Tuesday.

"I realize there is the need for some a key sentence in my remarks, I said the word "would" instead of 'wouldn't.".

However, he tweeted six times and appeared on two television interviews since the Putin news conference - without correcting his remarks. The scripted clean-up pertained only to the least defensible of his comments.

One day after President Donald Trump clarified that he believes Russian Federation likely interfered in the 2016 presidential election, he said Wednesday he thinks the Kremlin no longer targeting the US and its elections.

Larry Hogan, also a Republican, said in a tweet that, Trump, in defending Putin from USA intelligence findings that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 presidential election, "failed to stand up for our country". "A lot of people out there". Melania, who is from Slovenia, and Putin both hail from eastern Europe.

Insisting he had won the race fair and square, Trump said Monday: "I have President Putin, he just said it is not Russian Federation".

He said: 'It's 24 hours too late and in the wrong place'.

Back at the White House, Paul's comments drew a presidential tweet of gratitude.

CNN's Anderson Cooper put it this way: "You have been watching one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president at a summit in front of a Russian leader that I've ever seen".

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According to the complaint, Butina reported back to a top government official in Moscow, who is not named in the court papers. The charges against Butina were not brought by special counsel Robert Mueller, but rather, by the Justice Department itself.

'It's imperative we get to the bottom of what is going on so we can be prepared to protect ourselves in advance of the 2018 elections. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) told reporters on Capitol Hill.

Putin has denied allegations of election interference.

Some experts called yesterday's damage control reminiscent of Trump's comments after the deadly clash between white supremacists and those protecting them in Charlottesville, Va., last year.

'They think it's Russia, ' Trump announced when asked whether he believed the findings of his own intelligence agencies that 12 Russian nationals had hacked into the emails of Democrats.

But minority Democrats have few tools to push their priorities.

"We know they interfered with our elections, and we have passed sanctions on Russian Federation to hold them accountable". But even that largely symbolic measure was blocked party-line by Republicans. Jeff Flake's proposal as a resolution and not a bill.

On Wednesday, Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, said sanctions may be preferable to a nonbinding resolution that amounts to "just some messaging exercise".

This was his first Cabinet meeting after his return from a week-long European trip at the end of which he had a summit meeting Putin in Helsinki.

Trump maintained Tuesday's summit with Putin went "even better" than his meeting with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies.

The president defended his performance during his much-criticized news conference with Putin after their meeting, saying: "I think I did great at the news conference".

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