Trump Reverses Summit Remarks, Saying Russia Meddled in Election

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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks about his summit meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin as he begins a meeting with members of the U.S. Congress at the White House in Washington, July 17, 2018.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., added there is "no question" Russian Federation interfered in the election, citing findings by the American intelligence community but also the House Committee on Intelligence.

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.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, who called Russia's government "menacing", said he would consider additional sanctions on Russian Federation and reiterated his support for US intelligence findings that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election.

Other politicians have suggested passing resolutions voicing support for intelligence agencies, or spending more to enhance election security and prevent cyber attacks.

Immediately after Monday's news conference, Trump's mood had been buoyant, people familiar with the matter said.

President Donald Trump had a reminder on Tuesday to mention that there was no collusion between his presidential campaign and Russia as he walked back calamitous comments he made Monday in Helsinki, siding with Russian President Vladimir Putin over US intelligence officials.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell issued strong words of support for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies that Trump had criticised during an alliance summit days before his meeting with Putin. "I have on numerous occasions noted our intelligence findings that Russians attempted to interfere in our elections".

Speaking from the White House, Trump said that after reviewing a transcript of the press conference he realized that "in a key sentence I said the word "would" instead of 'wouldn't'".

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With that, Trump declared the contretemps over, insisting, "I think that probably clarifies things pretty good by itself".

In a press conference, Trump said, "My people came to me... they said they think it's Russian Federation".

"Canada is in a particularly exposed position compared to other western allies because of our trade dependence on the United States", Paris said.

Mr. Trump spoke to reporters as he met with a group of GOP lawmakers at the White House.

Sen. John McCain of Arizona was most outspoken, declaring that Trump made a "conscious choice to defend a tyrant" and achieved "one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory".

"To me, it looks like a D.C. -centered media feeding frenzy", he said, adding: "I think, overall, he is doing a great job and he has my support". "I've never seen anything like this".

The upcoming hearing is also the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's first on Russian Federation this year, despite what Democratic congressional aides describe as a behind-the-scenes push by lawmakers on the left to get an open hearing on Russian Federation for months.

The state news agency RIA-Novosti quoted a political analyst who believed Putin appeared to be the stronger of the two leaders.

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