Pence, Pompeo urged Trump to 'make clarifications' on Russian Federation meddling

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Mr Trump was speaking after returning from the Helsinki summit to widespread anger over his performance during a news conference with Vladimir Putin.

"Canada has been unequivocal in our condemnation of Vladimir Putin and Russia", Trudeau said in response to a reporter's question before listing a host of Russian actions under Putin's watch that Canada has opposed.

Trump faced a barrage of criticism and incensed his conservative supporters after casually admitting that he believed Putin's claim that Russian Federation did not interfere in the 2016 election, which contradicts the assessment of the US intelligence community.

Now, his aides are wondering how he'll respond to anger from even his staunchest supporters after he sided with Putin over United States intelligence agencies investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Later on Tuesday, Trump again contended that his Helsinki summit was a "great success" and blamed what he called "the Fake News Media" for contrary views.


Appearing side-by-side at a news conference after their much-anticipated two-hour summit in Helsinki on Monday, Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin both cast doubt on what virtually all USA intelligence agencies have agreed upon - that Russia meddled in the 2016 election.

Six Democrats sent a letter to Trump on Tuesday saying Americans "have a right to know" what the two leaders discussed during their closed-door meeting on Monday in Helsinki, Finland.

"My administration will repeal any attempt to interfere in our elections", he said.

On Tuesday, he said he meant to say he didn't see any reason why it wouldn't be Russian Federation. "The worry is that an emboldened Russian Federation will do things that will increase the risk and security uncertainty".

On Tuesday, Trump said he misspoke and instead meant to say he didn't see any reason why it wouldn't be Russian Federation.


Ryan also said special counsel Robert Mueller should be allowed to continue his investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election, adding "nothing has changed".

Trump had hoped the indictment would strengthen his hand during the summit, according to the White House sources. "We want to think through what we do so that it benefits our country", Corker said. I will say this: "I don't see any reason why it would be".

In a GOP that is still largely hawkish, Trump, who has questioned the value of traditional alliances, and Paul, whom McCain once accused of "working for Vladimir Putin" for opposing Montenegro's bid to join North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, often embrace similarly noninterventionist worldviews. He said his North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting was "great" but he "had an even better meeting with Vladimir Putin of Russian Federation".

Putin told the media that the two leaders had kept in regular touch over telephone and in meetings in multilateral scenarios and it was time to have an in-depth discussion of bilateral ties and urgent global affairs, reports Xinhua news agency.

"Given the unfriendliness of the press toward the president, why should we focus on a press conference?"


Foreign Relations Committee, told reporters.

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