Ryan: 'Vladimir Putin Does Not Share Our Interests'

Jul 20, 2018, 18:30
Ryan: 'Vladimir Putin Does Not Share Our Interests'

Trump's remark to journalists on July 17 came as he faces a wave criticism from allies and critics over his performance a day earlier at his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin - with many saying his embrace of Putin while belittling US intelligence agencies and allies betrayed what the United States stands for. The US president said Monday that he believed that Russian Federation did not intervene in the 2016 election.

"I have full faith and support for America's great intelligence agencies", the president said.

Those comments came after Mr. Trump defended Russian Federation from charges of election interference Monday's press conference in Helsinki, when Mr. Trump said all he could do is "ask the question" about meddling and said Putin was very strong in his denials.

"Just to repeat it, I said the word would instead of wouldn't", Trump said, referring to his answer at the press conference, in response to a question about whether Russian Federation had tried to influence the American election: "All I can do is ask the question - my people came to me, Dan Coats came to me and some others, they said they think it's Russian Federation. There was no collusion at all".

U.S President Donald Trump says he got on well with Russian President Vladimir Putin at their summit in Finland and "big results will come".

"I said the word "would" instead of 'wouldn't, '" Trump told reporters at the White House, more than 24 hours after his appearance with Putin.

Trump said that there is no reason to believe that Russian Federation organized a hacker attack during the presidential elections in the United States in 2016 to help him win.

President Trump returned home from Helsinki Monday night to widespread outrage, with even staunch allies such as former House speaker Newt Gingrich - a Republican - publicly calling the news conference the "most serious mistake" of the Trump presidency.

"We need hearings as soon as possible to assess what President Trump might have committed to President Putin in secret", Schumer said.

Trump's reversal came amid fierce criticism over the remarks from both Democrats and Republicans.

This post has been updated with more details about Trump's previous comments about election interference and with responses from lawmakers. Pelosi also wondered whether they actually signaled a change in the president's approach to Russia's leader.

"As the president said, nothing would be easier politically than to refuse to meet with President Putin, but he would happily take political risks to pursue peace than risk peace to pursue politics", the talking points read. Speaking to reporters at the White House, Trump said that he was initially puzzled over the criticism, and that after referring to a transcript and video clip of the presser, he could see where the confusion laid. They may also call Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to testify about the meeting between President Trump and Putin, which was held only with translators. Vladimir Putin does not share our interests.

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