Question for President Trump as he meets Putin: Do you know which team you play for?'
Earlier Wednesday, Trump claimed that no USA president has been as "tough" as him on Russian Federation.
Tuesday, the day after, Trump said he meant to say the word "wouldn't".
"The sentence should have been, 'I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be Russia.' Sort of a double negative, " Trump said.
The effort to empower America's intelligence agencies amounts to a stinging rebuke of a president who has rattled Republican leaders with his apparent reticence in Helsinki this week to condemn President Putin for the Kremlin's attempts to subvert United States democracy.
Trump, facing uproar over his failure to confront Putin over Russia's 2016 USA election meddling, adopted his usual defiant posture two days after their Helsinki summit and called his critics deranged.
After meeting with Russian President Vladmir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, Trump stated that he didn't "see any reason why it would be" Russia that had meddled in the 2016 presidential election. "President Trump could clear that up in one tweet or statement", McFaul said.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., told reporters Tuesday that Russian Federation "did meddle with our elections", and said he would consider further sanctions against Moscow.
However, Russia will do everything in its power to help USA partners find "at least some small-scale joint projects at the first stage in order to break free from the deadlock caused by contradictions and difficulties that we have", Antonov said.
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President Donald Trump, right, talks with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
-.Russian Federation has agreed to help with North Korea, where relationships with us are very good and the process is moving along.
"It could be other people also - there's a lot of people out there", he said.
Republicans and Democrats accused him of siding with an adversary rather than his own country.
Republican Senator Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said congressional leaders were searching for the most effective response.
Sanders then claimed it was not a reversal, she was just interpreting what POTUS said. "I'll tell you, though, it better not be [happening]".
Russia's political and media establishment heralded the summit as a victory for Putin in breaking down Western resolve to treat Russian Federation as a pariah.
"Standing on stage in another country with the leader of another country who wants to and has sought to undermine this country, and to side with him over the United States - if I were asked to vote on this I would vote to impeach the president", O'Rourke said (via the Dallas Morning-News).
On Wednesday, Trump continued his efforts to put a positive spin on his maligned Helsinki appearance, which drew condemnation across the political spectrum. "So when he sees that he has misspoken, he comes out and he says that".
"He just said it's not Russian Federation".