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Donald Trump embraced Vladimir Putin, America groaned. What happens next?

Donald Trump embraced Vladimir Putin, America groaned. What happens next? Donald Trump embraced Vladimir Putin, America groaned. What happens next?
Melinda Barton | 19 July, 2018, 14:44

In a news conference after meeting Vladimir Putin on Monday, Mr Trump also appeared to accept the Russian president's word over that of his own intelligence agencies regarding alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election.

"I have full faith and support for America's great intelligence agencies and always had", said Mr. Trump.

Donald Trump has rowed back on his failure to back his own intelligence agencies' evaluations of Russian Federation meddling in his election in 2016. "There was no collusion at all".

US President Donald Trump has been forced to backtrack after a media storm following his seeming defence of Russian Federation over claims of meddling in his country's presidential elections in 2016.

Trump took Putin's side over the US intelligence community as his Russian counterpart denied interfering in the 2016 presidential election and appeared to lay some of the blame on the United States itself for the Kremlin attack on its election system.

"I'm glad that Trump has repudiated his absurd statement in Helsinki and now agrees with what our intelligence community has said for over a year", Sanders wrote on Twitter. Yet in a sign that he cannot fully accept those findings - seeing them as a challenge to his legitimacy - he added that it "could be other people also".

His administration will "move aggressively to repeal any efforts, and repel - we will stop it, we will repel it - any efforts to interfere in our elections", Trump said.

President Trump returned home from Helsinki Monday night to widespread outrage, with even staunch allies such as former House speaker Newt Gingrich - a Republican - publicly calling the news conference the "most serious mistake" of the Trump presidency. But I have - I have confidence in both parties.

Lawmaker Matt Gaetz, whom Trump recently endorsed for reelection, was asked during an appearance on Fox News' Fox & Friends on Tuesday whether he thinks Trump should clarify his comments at the news conference. The president called his meeting with Putin more successful than his North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting, claiming he and Putin made progress on conflicts.

Republicans appear to have avoided advocating for any such direct action, as the New York Times noted Tuesday, and many simply affirmed their confidence in us intelligence and their skepticism toward Russian Federation rather than criticize Trump directly. He just said it's not Russian Federation.

As criticism mounted in the hours after his comments at a news conference alongside Putin echoed throughout the world, Trump defended himself with tweets as he flew back to Washington. "I didn't know [Putin]" during the election, Trump said.

The US president has found precious little support for his decision not to confront Putin and faced calls even from allies to change tack. But his performance during the Putin summit was dubbed by Republicans and Democrats alike as one of the biggest blunders of his presidency. "We're doing everything in our power to prevent Russian interference in 2018".

But Ryan was bombarded with questions about Trump's Helsinki performance, whether it damaged American interests and whether Congress would do anything beyond expressing regret.

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul emerged as one of the president's few defenders from his own party. Mark Warner (Va.), the senior Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, told reporters Tuesday, comparing the president's response to his remarks after the Charlottesville rally. And spectacle there certainly was: NATO-bashing, humiliation of Theresa May, rudeness to the queen-even a balloon of a giant, diapered, angry baby Trump, holding a smart phone high above London. Instead, he said he meant the opposite.