Trump tells Fox News he is not pro-Russia

Jul 19, 2018, 01:33
Trump tells Fox News he is not pro-Russia

Mark Warner criticizes President Donald Trump's meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, calling it "an embarrassment" to the Untied States.

Trump said he reviewed the transcript and clips from the news conference and said he made a mistake when he answered a reporter who asked the USA president if he would publicly denounce the election meddling to Putin.

"They're going to look at the field and they're going to say 'Donald Trump's got 80 per cent approval with the Republican base - why am I going to try to pee on that bonfire?'".

Mr Trump said: "I realise there's a need for some clarification", adding that what he meant "should have been obvious - I thought it would be obvious but would like to clarify in case it wasn't".

During the two-and-a-half-hour-long meeting, they talked about numerous things, including the Middle East, Syria, Iran and terrorism, he told reporters at the White House.

After his walk-back, Trump said his administration would "move aggressively" to repel efforts to interfere in American elections.

"On this particular issue, whether or not Russian Federation sought to meddle in the US election successfully or not, most people believe they did", Baker told State House News Service. Jeff Flake of Arizona called it "shameful", and Sen.

"NATO's never been stronger".

Baker likes reacting to Trump about as much as he likes a root canal, but this time realized he had to respond, especially with Republicans all over the country joining in panning the president.

Former Vice President Joe Biden, a Democrat, weighed in after the summit.

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, a New York Democrat, said he was not buying Trump's new version of events.

"My people came to me - [Director of National Intelligence] Dan Coats came to me and some others - they said they think it's Russian Federation".

Not all Republicans were angry with Trump's conduct in Helsinki.

Speaking from a meeting with Republican lawmakers at the White House, Trump said he had "full faith" in USA intelligence agencies, and wanted to clarify his statements from the day before.

On Capitol Hill, top Republican leaders said they were open to slapping fresh sanctions on Russian Federation, but they showed no sign of acting any time soon. "There is no moral equivalence between the United States and Russian Federation, which remains hostile to our most basic values and ideals. I just want this country to be safe", he said. "The Russians are not our friends and I entirely believe the assessment of our intelligence community".

Rick Wilson, a conservative who has always been critical of Mr Trump, says elected party members are horrified by his latest controversy.

Trump's refusal to challenge Putin's denials of election meddling prompted an unusual response from the president's own director of national intelligence, Dan Coats, who reasserted his belief that Moscow attempted to influence the outcome of the 2016 election.

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