No Reason To Believe Russia Behind Election Meddling, Says Trump

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After his freaky summit meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, it wasn't just US media wondering if Trump was compromised by Russia; Putin's own official TV network said the same thing.

On Tuesday afternoon, Trump addressed Monday's shocking Helsinki summit where the commander-in-chief sided with Vladimir Putin over the entire US intelligence community when it came to the issue of Russian interference in the 2016 election.

"In a key sentence in my remarks I said the word "would" instead of 'wouldn't, ' " Trump said Tuesday.

Mr Trump said he had reviewed the transcript and realised he needed to clarify.

Donald Trump speaks about his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin ahead of a meeting with Republican lawmakers and cabinet members on tax cuts at the White House in Washington, DC, on July 17, 2018.

Mr Trump can give as many White House statements as he likes, but on the biggest stage - standing beside the Russian president - he fumbled. On that discussion, a host said that Trump "smells like an agent of the Kremlin", due to his repeated negative comments about his own country.

Standing next to Putin on Monday, Trump cast doubt on his country's intelligence agencies' assessment that Russian Federation had meddled in the 2016 USA presidential election.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said Trump's comments on Tuesday were another sign of weakness, particularly his statement that it "could be other people" responsible for the election meddling. Then he added, "It could be other people also".

"A lot of people get confused - I'm not saying the president is confused", Doocy went on. Even many members of the President's own party rebuked his statements from almost the moment he departed the Finnish capital.

His remarks, siding with a foe on foreign soil over his own government, was a stark illustration of Trump's willingness to upend decades of U.S. foreign policy and rattle Western allies in service of his political concerns.

Following that tweet, he released two images with a quote from him inset (as seen above and below), both of which served to underscore how he saw his diplomacy with Russian Federation fitting in with worldwide politics. He did not, however, make any attempt to correct his remarks until more than 24 hours later.

The appearance was not without farce.

Speaking to the press after a private meeting, Trump ripped special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into his campaign's possible election collusion with Russian Federation. "There is no equivalency between the Russian harassment of Bill Browder" and the indictment of Russian intelligence agents by U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller last week. The lighting was quickly restored.

"It's a classic Trump move, to try to argue that you are going to have to believe me or your own lying eyes", said Democratic strategist and former Clinton White House aide Matt Bennett.

"The meeting between President Putin and myself was a great success, except in the Fake News Media!"

Putin's suggestion that Trump's Moscow visit escaped his notice in 2013 was a new spin on the way Trump and others have described the buzz surrounding production of the Miss Universe pageant - a glamour show licensed by Putin's pal, Aras Agalarov.

He made no mention of having walked back comments at his summit press conference that suggested a lack of confidence in US intelligence agencies.

The New York Times says Trump's comments drew "howls of protests from Democrats and some Republicans", and prompted John O. Brennan, who served as Central Intelligence Agency director under Barack Obama, "to suggest that the remarks warranted Mr. Trump's impeachment". He also said he misspoke when he suggested otherwise in a widely criticized press conference with Putin on Monday. "But it is clear that the summit in Helsinki was a tragic mistake".