Published: Thu, July 19, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Speaker Ryan Says US Will Stand by Nations Facing Russian Aggression

Speaker Ryan Says US Will Stand by Nations Facing Russian Aggression

During a remarkable 46-minute joint news conference at the end of Monday's summit, Trump would not challenge Russian leader Putin's claim that his government played no role in trying to sabotage the USA election, despite the Justice Department's indictments Friday of 12 Russian intelligence officers.

In Helsinki, Trump delivered no condemnation of Russia's interference and refused to say he believes American intelligence agencies over Russia's denials of meddling.

And he voiced support for United States intelligence agencies - a day after he had refused to accept their findings on Russia's election interference over Putin's denials - and vowed to take action to prevent further attacks. "There is a lot of people out there".

One day later, he insisted, reading from a script, "I have full faith and support for America's great intelligence agencies".

Ryan went on to say he does understand the need to have good relations with Russian Federation.

"In a key sentence in my remarks I said the word "would" instead of "wouldn't", he said, clarifying that "the sentence should have been, 'I don't any reason why it wouldn't be Russia.' Sort of a double-negative". He said his administration is doing everything possible to prevent Russian meddling in future elections.

Trump said on Tuesday he had complete faith in U.S. intelligence agencies and accepted their conclusions, although he insisted Russia's actions had no impact on the outcome.

"There was no collusion". "I entered the meeting with the firm conviction that diplomacy and engagement is better than hostility and conflict", he said. "There was nobody to collude with". It's widely accepted Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 election, but in his clarification Trump stressed his campaign did not collude with the Kremlin.

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"There was no collusion at all".

Trump also at varying times in his European trip disparaged the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance, which was formed to counter the former Soviet Union.

"Loyalty right now requires you to tell the truth and sit with him and explain to him the optics of the situation, why the optics are bad, the strategy in terms of trying to get along with Vladimir Putin and deploying a strategy of going against the intelligence agency is very bad", Scaramucci said. I had an even better meeting with Vladimir Putin of Russian Federation.

On Tuesday, after he arrived back in the US, Trump told reporters at the White House that he misspoke at the summit. "They've demonstrated that in all the obvious ways over the last few years: the annexation of Crimea, the invasion of eastern Ukraine, not to mention the indisputable evidence that they tried to impact the 2016 election".

Mr Trump was speaking after returning from the Helsinki summit to widespread anger over his performance during a news conference with Vladimir Putin. He also said he misspoke when he implied he didn't think Russian Federation interfered - but not before doubling-down on his criticism of US allies and defense of his Putin summit.

Trump still believes the criticism is being blown out of proportion, one official said, and he plans to try to turn the attacks onto the press once again. "They're caught in between the moderate independents that they don't want to lose and their credibility and the Trump base, and it's a tough little niche to find at times because they know no matter what the president says and does, his base will be with him". Republican Patriots: Where are you???,' said Brennan, who served as the nation's intelligence chief when the meddling was occurring during the presidency of Barack Obama.

A resolution - as some in the House are suggesting - is "just some messaging exercise", said Cornyn. "Isn't it natural to feel sympathy to a person who wanted to develop relations with our country?"

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