Published: Wed, July 18, 2018
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

Man ejected from room ahead of Donald Trump-Vladimir Putin press briefing

Man ejected from room ahead of Donald Trump-Vladimir Putin press briefing

During this afternoon's press spray ahead of a Cabinet meeting, Trump explained his remarks in Helsinki as simply a slip of the tongue and that he meant to say, "I don't see why it wouldn't be Russia" in regard to election interference instead of "I don't see why it would be Russian Federation". "So just to repeat it, I said the word would instead of wouldn't", Trump told reporters.

On Capitol Hill, top Republican leaders said they were open to slapping fresh sanctions on Russian Federation but showed no signs of acting any time soon.

Standing alongside Putin, Trump steered clear of any confrontation with the Russian, going so far as to question American intelligence and last week's federal indictments that accused 12 Russians of hacking into Democratic email accounts to hurt Hillary Clinton in 2016.

"The Russians need to know that there are a lot of us who fully understand what happened in 2016, and it really better not happen again in 2018", McConnell said during a news conference.

On Tuesday, Trump appeared to walk back some of his comments in Finland, saying that he had full faith in the US intelligence community shortly after tweeting that while he had a good meeting last week with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders, "I had an even better meeting with Vladimir Putin of Russian Federation".

Trump also said "we are doing everything in our power" to prevent election interference in 2018.

"In a key sentence in my remarks, I said "would" instead of 'wouldn't.' The sentence should have been, 'I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be Russia.' You can put that in", Trump instructed reporters at the White House. Will Hurd is advising against President Donald Trump having solo meetings with other world leaders because "too much is at stake".

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May replied that wouldn't be possible because of the requirements of membership, including free movement of people across borders. A Downing Street spokesman confirmed that if pushed to a confidence vote, May would not resign.

"Canada is in a particularly exposed position compared to other western allies because of our trade dependence on the United States", Paris said. "I just want to have this country be safe".

Trump spoke a day after returning to the almost universal condemnation of his performance at Russian President Vladmir Putin's side in Helsinki. He was asked whether he holds Russian Federation accountable for "anything in particular", Trump responded, "I hold both countries responsible".

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.

Mrs Trump smiles warmly as President Trump shakes the Russian President's hand, before directing him to his wife.

In his version of events, Putin said any expectations he had for the meeting were surpassed as discussions with Trump progressed in a convivial spirit.

The pair had opened their long-awaited summit Monday with a wink and slouch, respectively, then talked one on one behind closed doors for two-plus hours before the American leader declared their meeting was off to a "very, very good start for everybody".

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

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