After backlash, Trump says misspoke on Russian election meddling

The White House sent talking points to Republican surrogates and members of Congress on Monday as aides dealt with the fallout of the summit between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to a GOP source.

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.

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.

Before back-tracking, Trump said on Twitter he had a great summit with Putin and gave no ground in changing his statements about accepting Putin's denial of interference in the US election two years ago.

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

"Donald Trump's press conference performance in Helsinki rises to & exceeds the threshold of 'high crimes & misdemeanors.' It was nothing short of treasonous. I was saying to myself the other day, "You know, Russian Federation really helped us", he said. USA intelligence agencies have concluded that Russia did indeed wage a cyber-attack against the election, and on Friday, as the Inquisitr reported, Russia investigation Special Counsel Robert Mueller issued a detailed indictment of 12 Russian military intelligence officers for carrying out that cyber-attack.

The upcoming hearing is also the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's first on Russian Federation this year, despite what Democratic congressional aides describe as a behind-the-scenes push by lawmakers on the left to get an open hearing on Russian Federation for months.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said Trump was trying to "squirm away" from his comments alongside Putin.

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Mr Trump told reporters at the White House that he had full faith and support for United States intelligence agencies and accepted their conclusion that Russian Federation meddled in the election.

Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan said earlier: "Let's be very clear - Russian Federation meddled in our election". In April, that law led the U.S. Treasury to impose major sanctions on Russian officials and oligarchs, in one of Washington's most aggressive moves to punish Moscow.

For many establishment Republicans, there were signs Tuesday of a desire to send a tough message to Russian Federation amid concerns that Trump's summit performance undermined broader US efforts to deter further election and military interference by Russian Federation.

Trump first questioned why the Federal Bureau of Investigation never directly reviewed Democratic National Committee servers - which USA officials said were hacked by Russian intelligence officers.

But some of the president's most loyal backers on Capitol Hill on Tuesday defended Trump's remarks while blaming President Barack Obama for not doing more to push back on Russian election interference when he was in office.

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi called on Tuesday for passage of legislation increasing funding to improve the security of USA election equipment and prevent cyberattacks.

Mr Trump said that the interference had had no impact on the election, in which he defeated Hillary Clinton.

Not all Republicans were angry with the president's conduct in Helsinki. "Many positive things will come out of that meeting".

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