Trump says he holds Putin responsible for election meddling, defends Helsinki performance

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Defiant Trump says Russia not targeting U.S., calls critics deranged

"Before Helsinki I was less sure; post Helsinki, I feel sick". "Now, look. We're also living in a grown-up world".

Historically, US presidents traveling overseas put domestic politics aside and represent all the American people, not just their supporters.

And most recently, there's even more confusion about whether or not Trump believes Russian Federation is still targeting USA elections. Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating that allegation and any possible collusion by Trump's campaign.

In Helsinki, President Trump said of meddling in the 2016 election: "I have President Putin, he just said it's not Russian Federation; I will say this: I don't say any reason why it would be". These people might take off and head for Europe, the United States and other destinations, Putin warned. "Lots of other people out there".

"Putin has been harassing me for a long time", McFaul, who was ambassador to Russian Federation under former President Barack Obama, said on Twitter on Wednesday. Trump shook his head and said, "No".

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.

"So certainly as the leader of a country you would have to hold him responsible, yes", President Trump told CBS News in an interview.

Brennan, who served as Central Intelligence Agency director from 2013 to 2017, issued a scathing tweet after Trump's Helsinki summit.

Trump has refined and sharpened his presentation in other ways in the two days since Helsinki. Rand Paul of Kentucky.

A top Russian official in Moscow on Wednesday said that President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin reached some "important verbal agreements" during their summit in Finland earlier this week - agreements about which USA officials seemed to be unaware, according to a report. "The sentence should have been, 'I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be Russian Federation'". That again would undercut the assessment of his administration's own intelligence officials, including Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats. Trump's posture has raised speculation that the Russians have compromising information on him, an issue that came up at the Helsinki press conference.

But it's far from certain that Trump's performance with Mr. Putin is a turning point, at least domestically.

President Donald Trump today denied Russian Federation is still targeting the United States, a claim sharply at odds with recent warnings from his top intelligence chief about ongoing threats to election security. "And I think I can speak as well for all of us to say, and I include Jim Comey in this, the only reason we've spoken out about all this is our genuine concerns about this President and this Presidency and its assaulting values and institutions and standards of this country which collectively we've spent decades defending". "Is there a movement in polls among Republicans in the Midwest, who might be having doubts about trade and Putin?" "So when he sees that he has misspoken, he comes out and he says that".

Following the airing of the CBS interview, Clapper responded to Mr. Trump's comments on CNN.

"While polling has shown a broad change in Republicans' assessment of Russian Federation and Putin, that's not bone deep", says Professor Jillson.

Republican Senator Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said congressional leaders were searching for the most effective response.

This, says Julie Hirschfeld Davis, is "the most common view that his supporters will hold".

"I don't think we can let them get away with what they're doing, and I don't think the president's remarks have been very effective either", Sen.

The White House said hours later that Trump wasn't actually answering the question he was asked, and was saying "no" to answering questions at all.

At a news conference Tuesday, Ryan was asked if the House GOP made a mistake on that key finding.

Democrats dismissed Trump's statement as political damage control. Last month, White House chief economic adviser Lawrence Kudlow would not deny Trump's anti-European auto imports plan when pressed by Roll Call.

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