Trump blames ‘double negative’ for furor over Putin meeting

Aaron Brown
July 21, 2018

That's what a handwritten note attached to U.S. President Donald Trump's remarks said on Tuesday, one day after he questioned information from his intelligence agencies suggesting Russian Federation had meddled in the 2016 presidential election.

He said that he accepted the US intelligence community's conclusion that Russian Federation meddled in the election, but added: "It could be other people also".

"It's sort of a hostage drama for most elected Republicans", he said.

Trump's summit with Putin came after a June 12 meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that produced a joint statement committing the sides to the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

The president's Twitter statement came after he said he accepted the US intelligence community's conclusion that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 presidential election.

Trump faced a barrage of criticism and incensed his conservative supporters after casually admitting that he believed Putin's claim that Russian Federation did not interfere in the 2016 election, which contradicts the assessment of the USA intelligence community.

"Putin and I discussed many important subjects at our earlier meeting".

He said that Trump, on the other hand, has expanded sanctions on Russian companies, beefed up North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, increased US defense spending, restored missile defenses to Poland and the Czech Republic and ended the ban of oil exports to try and compete with Russian energy.

"A lot of people get confused - I'm not saying the president is confused", Doocy went on. "Our Republican colleagues can not just go 'Tsk, tsk, tsk.' They must act".

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"I think that is what's going to be remembered from this week", he said. The network said the group also projected cartoons of Trump and Putin.

"The president's under the impression - and I don't know why, still - that if he says the Russians hacked, it makes his election look illegitimate", said Brian Kilmeade, another cohost of Trump's favorite cable-news show, "Fox & Friends".

Democratic Sen. Chris Coons of DE said he is in conversation with Flake and a number of other senators about taking action in response to Trump's comments Monday. "If Republicans are as outraged as they claim, then issue the subpoena today", he demanded.

Flake said Tuesday the President threw "basically the whole country under the bus" with his comments and called it disgraceful and "shameful".

Trump and Kim met last month in a historic summit last month.

The drama continued as Trump headed to his next stop, the U.K. His first official visit was overshadowed by fallout from the rhetorical grenade he'd lobbed at British Prime Minister Theresa May before arriving. "Our intelligence officers believe they did and I think it's disgraceful that the president didn't acknowledge that".

The US leader also reiterated what he said was his "full faith and support for America´s great intelligence agencies".

The president's response to a reporter's question came a day after he walked back his public doubting of USA intelligence findings of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., talks to reporters.

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