Published: Wed, July 18, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Donald Trump backtracks on Helsinki remarks, says he 'misspoke'

Donald Trump backtracks on Helsinki remarks, says he 'misspoke'

Under unrelenting pressure from congressional Republicans, his own advisers, and his allies on Fox News, President Trump abruptly reversed course on Tuesday and contended he had misspoken during a news conference with President Vladimir Putin about whether Russian Federation tried to influence the 2016 presidential election.

That assertion is not supported by known intelligence. With Putin standing on a podium next to him, Trump said he didn't "see any reason why it would be" that Russian Federation intervened in the 2016 presidential election to help him win. "There was no collusion at all".

On Tuesday, he corrected that sentence, saying: "The sentence should have been, 'I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be Russia.' Sort of a double negative".

He said that he meant to say: "I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be Russian Federation". But he undercut his scripted assertion that he accepted Russian Federation was responsible for election interference with an ad-lib: "Could be other people also".

CNN's Anderson Cooper asked Hurd, who is a former CIA officer and member of the House Intelligence Committee, if he trusted Trump's ability to speak on behalf of U.S. interests. His summit with Putin was a moment that called for presidential strength.

On Tuesday, Schumer said Trump's clarification was "too late and in the wrong place".

"As the president taxes Americans with tariffs, he pushes away our allies and further strengthens Putin".

Mr Putin is 5ft7in, or 170cm, meaning Mr Trump towers over him at 6ft2in, or 190cm.

The summit capped a tumultuous trip during which Trump accused North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies of failing to spend enough on their militaries and embarrassed May by saying she had refused to take his advice about how to negotiate Britain's exit from the EU.

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Democratic California Representative Jimmy Gomez charged: "To side with Putin over USA intelligence is disgusting; to fail to defend the U.S. is on the verge of treason".

Donations to Clinton came from diverse sources: the financial industry, education interests, Hollywood, unions, the health and pharmaceutical sectors and many more.

But some of Trump's closest advisers, including Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, held a different view, according to Bloomberg.

Douglas Brinkley, a presidential historian and professor at Rice University, compared Trump to "a bull carrying his own china shop around with him".

Senator John McCain, a Republican from Arizona, called Trump's actions Monday at the Helsinki summit "one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory".

"The president must appreciate that Russian Federation is not our ally", Ryan said. However, he also says there are a lot of issues that the two men likely discussed and it's hard to tell what could come next.

This evening he said that what he meant to say was he didn't see any reason why Russian wouldn't be responsible for meddling in the 2016 vote. "But the most important thing here is to communicate with fellow Republicans and allies around the world to let them know that the administration is on the same page when it comes to Russian Federation".

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