Susan Rice: White House 'Serving a Hostile Foreign Power'

Susan Rice: White House 'Serving a Hostile Foreign Power'

Trump told United States television he did blame Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"Earlier, he tweeted that "so many people at the higher ends of intelligence" loved his press conference in Helsinki" and that he got along well with Putin, "which truly bothered many haters who wanted to see a boxing match".

"I let him know we can't have this, we're not going to have it, and that's the way it's going to be", President Trump said.

But Trump tried to dispel perceptions of a rift between him and the current national intelligence director, Dan Coats, who has warned of Russia's continuing efforts to meddle in United States elections.

"The sentence should have been, 'I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be Russian Federation - sort of a double-negative, '" Trump said.

Getting ahead: US President Donald Trump pushes Montenegro Prime Minister Dusko Markovic, second right, at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting in Brussels in May.

Sanders explanation of Trump's "No" was the second time since Monday's summit that Trump and the White House have blamed a misstatement or misunderstanding for the furor over Russian Federation.

"The bottom line is, different people will characterize it differently", Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer told reporters this week of Trump's conduct toward Russian Federation.

The U.S. president said that in his talks with Putin, he was "very strong on the fact that we can't have meddling, we can't have any of that".

Trump continued, "You know, Russian Federation and the United States control 90 percent of the nuclear weapons in the world and getting along with Russia-and not only for that reason-it's a good thing, not a bad thing". "And there's been no president ever as tough as I have been on Russia", Trump told reporters before a cabinet meeting at the White House.

On Tuesday, the US President said that he believes in the assessment of his intelligence agencies that Russian Federation interfered in American elections in 2016 and his remarks contrary to this a day earlier in Helsinki was a case of misspeaking.

No 'time limit' to denuclearize North Korea
Trump tweeted the remark on Wednesday, promising " big benefits and exciting future " for Pyongyang " at end of process ." . Following the meeting, he said the process would start "very quickly" .

But White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said later on Wednesday that Mr Trump was responding "no" to further questions from reporters.

Sanders said Trump was still weighing the offer with his team, adding, "We've committed to nothing".

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Trump has done "deep damage" to the country. Trump shook his head and said, "No".

"I thought he was wrong to have said what he did but he's now dealt with that and the important thing is to understand that people shouldn't take sides too much on Mr Trump", Mr Howard told reporters in Adelaide on Wednesday.

Lawmakers also piled on the criticism, with some suggesting it may be grounds for removing Trump from office.

However, there is concern that so little is known about the substance of what Putin and Trump discussed in their private meeting with only translators present.

Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress, called Trump a "traitor" at Tuesday's protest in front of the White House.

'I'm a low-key, understated guy, but that should not be mistaken for what my spine is made out of. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and Chris Coons, D-Del., will try to force a vote Thursday on a resolution backing the intelligence community's findings that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election and must be held accountable.

Former US ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul described the White House's consideration of allowing Russian prosecutors to interview him on grounds that he allegedly subverted the Kremlin as "outrageous".

But sure, Trump has said a lot of dumb shit before, so why is this time different?

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