Trump said Tuesday he misspoke a day earlier when he seemed to side with Russian President Vladimir Putin over the conclusion by the United States intelligence committees that Russia had meddled in the 2016 United States presidential election.
President Donald Trump refused to back the US intelligence community's assessment on Russia's 2016 US Presidential election interference and was met with a wave of criticism.
"I think it's absurd to think that he can fix what happened yesterday", said commentator and talk show host Charlie Sykes on Tuesday. I will say this.
"My people came to me, Dan Coats came to me, some others, they said they think it's Russia", Trump said at the news conference. A lot of people out there. According to three sources familiar with the situation, Kelly called around to Republicans on Capitol Hill and gave them the go-ahead to speak out against Trump.
While the point was overshadowed by the substance of the indictments (and Trump lobbing attacks at the British prime minister during his United Kingdom trip), Rosenstein said during Friday's press conference that he'd briefed Trump earlier in the week, and "the president is fully aware of the department's actions". The special counsel's continuing Russia investigation has laid out a detailed trail of attempts and successes by Russians to steal Democratic Party and Clinton campaign communications and to leak embarrassing emails and documents.
Now it looks like those complaining about the timing should have checked with Trump first. In fact, as I write this at 7 p.m. ET, we're just an hour away from his pre-taped interview with Tucker Carlson, in which Trump no doubt felt comfortable and confident across from a very friendly interviewer.
"Would you now, with the whole world watching, tell President Putin, would you denounce what happened in 2016, and would you warn him to never do it again?"
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Whichever the case, Trump at various points in his Monday news conference made clear that he found Putin's position on the matter compelling. In 2012, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said Russian Federation was "without question our No.1 geopolitical foe" and his predecessor John McCain said as recently as past year that Russian Federation was the "premier and most important threat" to the United States.
On Monday, Trump sparked backlash from both Democrats and Republicans after he sided with Putin rather than his own intelligence services on whether Russian Federation had meddled in the campaign. You might say President Trump is "dumb as a fox".
Angela Stent, a scholar on Russian Federation and Eurasia at Georgetown University, noted that there was a "real disconnect" between the president's remarks on Russian Federation and the approach taken by the Defense Department, State Department, and Congress. North Atlantic Treaty Organisation was weak, but now it is strong again (bad for Russia). - tweet Tuesday.
Trump said: "All I can do is ask the question".