'I Would' Hold Putin Responsible For Election Meddling

Republicans mull curbing Trump after Putin summit

The interview came at the end of two days of shifting statements on whether Trump agreed with the findings of USA intelligence agencies that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election that sent him to the White House.

On Tuesday Mr Trump had sought to calm the storm over what critics said was his failure to hold Mr Putin accountable for what USA intelligence agencies said was meddling in the 2016 United States election, saying he misspoke in the joint news conference. He also asserted that no president has been tougher on Russian Federation than him.

McFaul served as US ambassador to Russian Federation from 2012 to 2014.

The president's assertion would conflict with a statement issued Monday by National Intelligence Director Dan Coats, who said Russian Federation has "ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy".

"These actions are persistent. We never said, 'Just kidding, '" Sanders replied.

Trump's comments came a day after he walked back his public questioning of us intelligence findings of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. But on one cornerstone issue, a resistance to USA intervention overseas, they are simpatico.

Other strategists say Democrats generally are better off backing special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of whether Trump or his associates colluded with Russian Federation to influence the 2016 elections in Trump's favor.

Despite the apparent disagreement between USA intelligence assessments and Putin's denials that Russian Federation had interfered with the 2016 election, Trump stopped short of alleging Putin was lying. "If you're wrong about this and we don't act, that's going to define your presidency". "He does believe that they [Russia] would target U.S. elections again".

Among several Americans who the Russian Prosecutor's Office has said it wants to interrogate in connection with its case against Browder is the former US ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul, who on July 17 called on the State Department to "push back" against the Russian interrogation requests.

While Trump's position on Russian interference has shifted repeatedly in recent days, and fresh comments about North Atlantic Treaty Organisation cast doubt about the alliance's mutual defense premise, some in Trump's party signalled they had had enough with his wrecking ball diplomacy and sought to take steps to box him in.

He, however, backtracked a day later on his return to the U.S. and said that he misspoke in the joint news conference.

The problem for Trump, as the Washington Post notes is that his attempt to propitiate Putin was so egregiously fawning that it has inadvertently legitimised the claims that the Kremlin has something on him. "He cares more about himself than the nation and any of us who serve it".

"The way he delivered his statement of retreat was classic Trump, a dual message - a ritual statement of confidence in USA intelligence officials for those who insist that the president respect the nation's systems and mores, but also winks and nods to those who like Trump expressly because he's eager to smash china and topple tradition". Later, Trump says, "I let him know we can't have this". There is no rush, the sanctions remain!

In one of the consequences of the Helsinki meeting, US media reported that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will appear next Wednesday in an open hearing in front of Senate Foreign Relations Committee to testify on the Trump-Putin meeting.

"It's called Trump Derangement Syndrome!" the president wrote on Twitter, borrowing a line from Sen.

And Rep. Jan Shakowsky, D-Ill., was the only one of 10 Democrats at a Tuesday news conference on Trump's Helsinki summit to mention the word "treason". I want to give ICE a big cheer! They would rather go to war than see this. "It's Trump derangement syndrome".

"MediaBuzz" host Howard Kurtz weighs in on the mainstream media keeping the flames hot on Trump's comments to Putin even after he walked them back.

The president, who refused to denounce Russian Federation for its alleged interference during the 2016 election, said he misspoke at the conference.

We don't know everything they discussed, because for a few hours they sat alone (with only their translators), and had a nice chinwag before emerging to face the world's press.

In her first news conference after the Helsinki meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, Sanders accused the media of going hysterical on issues relating to it.

To a question about that assessment, the president told the CBS News interviewer: "I have said that numerous times before, and I would say that is true, yeah". The damage was compounded by a desultory statement that Trump recited on Tuesday.

"The sentence should have been I don't see any reason. why it wouldn't be Russian Federation".