Donald Trump backtracks on Helsinki remarks, says he 'misspoke'

Donald Trump backtracks on Helsinki remarks, says he 'misspoke'

Donald Trump backtracks on Helsinki remarks, says he 'misspoke'

Trump said Tuesday he misspoke a day earlier when he seemed to side with Russian President Vladimir Putin over the conclusion by the U.S. intelligence committees that Russia had meddled in the 2016 USA presidential election.

"As the president taxes Americans with tariffs, he pushes away our allies and further strengthens Putin".

President Donald Trump assured reporters and the public Monday that relations with Russian Federation will improve.

"The sentence should have been, 'I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be Russia.' Sort of a double negative", the president said.

"President Trump hasn't been that masterful handling global issues either, but in his way, he's trying to do something about the number of things, whether he's successful, I hope he's successful and I think all Americans will support him if he's successful", Tchantouridze said.

During his remarks, Trump reiterated his belief that it was a good thing to get along with Russian Federation and highlighted the successes of his three stops in Europe.

"I don't know if I agree with that". Yeah, I did heard these rumors that these allegedly collected compromising material on Mr. Trump when he was visiting Moscow. "But I have a lot of respect for Dan". His summit with Putin was a moment that called for presidential strength.

"The Russians are not our friends and I entirely believe the assessment of our intelligence community."

Barely 24 hours earlier, the president had stood next to Putin under the glittering chandeliers of a ballroom in Helsinki, telling aides after the news conference wrapped up that he was happy with how it had gone.

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Despite the disappointment, some good news did emerge from the meeting as the leaders chose to improve the bilateral relationship, which is said to have deteriorated to the worst level since the end of the Cold War in the late 1980s.

"Frankly, I don't think those US presidents at any point came off as not pursuing USA security interests, as being taken in by the Soviet leader they were meeting with", said Alina Polyakova, a foreign policy fellow at the Brookings Institution.

In 2014, Coats was banned from Russian Federation for his efforts as a senator to punish the country because of Moscow's move to annex the Crimea region of Ukraine.

PUTIN, referring Monday to Bill Browder, a prominent Putin critic and investor charged with financial crimes in Russia: "Business associates of Mr. Browder have earned over $1.5 billion in Russia".

"The system is blinking", Coats said in remarks at the Hudson Institute. I want to focus on how we're going to ratchet down tensions. "Millions of Americans will continue to wonder". Russian government actors have also targeted businesses, state and local governments, critical infrastructure and manufacturing sectors, he said.

"Russia is trying to undermine democracy itself". "And in 27 hours, that's the best you could come up with?"

Some US lawmakers have suggested passing resolutions to voice support for intelligence agencies or to invest more in election security and preventing cyber attacks.

Browder's NY financial partners, Ziff Brothers Investments, donated only $1.75 million in the 2016 campaign, spreading it among candidates for many offices in both parties and favoring Republicans in congressional races. Putin denies any Russian interference in the vote.

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