Tuesday at the White House, Trump tried to spin the whole Putin embarrassment around, making excuses and trying to clarify that he did, in fact, believe that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 US presidential election, and that he admires his intelligence agencies.
And so a day after his much-maligned news conference with his BFF Putin, Trump attempted some damage control saying "I accept the findings of the US intelligence community that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 presidential campaign". Trump's comments came few days after he endorsed his Russian President Vladimir Putin's stance on Russia's non-involvement in the 2016 United States presidential election, insisting that he ran a clean campaign.
On Tuesday, Trump walked back some of the pro-Russia comments he'd made during the press conference.
Mr. Trump insisted on Tuesday that any actions Russia took had no impact on the presidential election and that there was no collusion between members of his campaign and Russians.
Speaking at the White House ahead of a meeting with Republican lawmakers, Trump said, "The sentence should have been, "I don't see any reason why I wouldn't, or why it wouldn't be Russia" instead of 'why it would'". The president said he meant to say, "I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be Russian Federation".
"I have full faith and support for America's great intelligence agencies.always have", President Trump announced. He added that lower-ranking officials want a deal, including Xi's top economic adviser Liu He, but Xi has refused to make changes to China's technology transfer and other trade policies.
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Some held aloft signs that said "Even Hufflepuffs Dislike Trump", a reference to a school group in the "Harry Potter" book series. Many carried placards with messages including "Dump Trump", "Love Trumps Hate", "Tweet off Twitter twit" and "Bolt ya rocket".
Juncker said Thursday night he was "surprised" to hear Trump describe Europe in such a hostile way. "It's 24 hours too late and in the wrong place", he said. There was also his generous concession to Putin and his Soviet predecessors that the USA was as much to blame as the Russians for bilateral tensions. It is still not clear what the two men discussed or agreed to during their meeting. He compared the Putin meeting with the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit he attended last week.
But the U.S. president found precious little support for his decision not to confront the Russian leader - on either side of the political aisle.
Baker likes reacting to Trump about as much as he likes a root canal, but this time realized he had to respond, especially with Republicans all over the country joining in panning the president. "We know from the past that these meetings can be a bit unpredictable, but we come there with the best intentions as friends and allies".
"President Putin said he agrees with me 100 percent, and they'll do whatever they have to do to try and make it happen", he said, adding that there is no "time limit" or "speed limit" concerning the USA dialogue with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).
Fox News Channel weekend anchor Abby Huntsman, daughter of Trump's Ambassador to Russia, Jon Huntsman, tweeted: "No negotiation is worth throwing your own people and country under the bus".