Defiant Trump says Russian Federation not targeting USA, calls critics deranged

President Trump, seeking to stanch a national furor, said on Tuesday that he misspoke in Helsinki, Finland, and meant to say that he indeed does see Russian Federation as the culprit that interfered in the 2016 presidential election, just as USA intelligence agencies have found.

That did not explain why Mr Trump, who had tweeted a half a dozen times and sat for two television interviews since the Putin news conference, waited so long to correct his remarks.

In a joint news conference at the Finnish Presidential Palace, Trump said he did not "see any reason why" Russian Federation would have meddled in the 2016 election - a remark that surprised many because it's in direct conflict with the conclusions of the entire USA intelligence community.

But he appeared to veer from his script to also hedge on who was responsible for the election interference.

"I wish the president hadn't backtracked, I just wish he'd stuck with what he said originally", said John from Worcester, Massachusetts.

Asked if he holds Putin personally responsible, Trump tells CBS, "I would, because he's in charge of the country".

"I'm selling peace and prosperity, and if I don't have prosperity or peace, we've got a problem", one Republican member of Congress told a group of reporters Wednesday, speaking on condition of anonymity to frankly discuss political strategy.

Pressed on why Trump has repeatedly passed on opportunities to publicly condemn Putin's actions, Sanders suggested Trump was working to make the most of an "opportunity" for the two leaders to work together on shared interests.

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Trump's comments followed a series of early morning Twitter posts on Wednesday in which the Republican president said his heavily criticized summit with Putin would eventually produce "big results" and accused his critics of "Trump Derangement Syndrome".

Justice Department officials were mindful of Trump's upcoming meeting with Putin so Rosenstein briefed Trump on July 9 about the forthcoming indictment before the President left on his European trip, the sources said. "Some people HATE that I got along with Putin", he wrote. "We want to see the notes", Senator Robert Menendez, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said.

President Donald Trump contradicted USA intelligence agencies again on Wednesday, saying that Russian Federation was not still targeting the United States, and accused his critics of being deranged.

"Let's be very clear, just so everybody knows: Russian Federation did meddle with our elections", said House Speaker Paul Ryan, another steady Trump political ally.

Just now, President Putin denied having anything to do with the election interference in 2016. Susan Collins of ME said of Trump's one-word response. Putin said USA intelligence officers helped Browder.

Earlier Wednesday, Mr. Trump sparked confusion about where he stands on whether Russian Federation is continuing to target the USA, given Coats' assessment that the threat to America's digital infrastructure is current. That came just days after National Intelligence Director Dan Coats sounded an alarm, comparing the cyberthreat today to how the way USA officials said before 9/11 that intelligence channels were "blinking red" with warning signs that a terror attack was imminent.

I was clumsy in how I said it yesterday, because I didn't want to insult him. A lot of people out there. I think it was a strong news conference.

White House officials did not elaborate on how Mr Trump came to issue the clarification, but administration aides described being stunned by his initial remarks Monday. Does President Trump support that idea?

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