During a joint press conference in Helsinki with Putin, Trump said while he has "great confidence" in the USA intelligence community, Putin was "very powerful" in his denial of Russian interference in the 2016 election, comments that he attempted to walk back Tuesday.
Senate Democrats said they wanted the American interpreter at the Helsinki meeting to testify to Congress on what was said during the private Trump-Putin session.
President Donald Trump is talking up his Helsinki summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, seemingly congratulating himself and promising "big results".
Republican lawmakers also criticized Trump's comments in Helsinki and made clear they stand with US intelligence agencies and European allies who suspect Russian Federation of trying to destabilize the West.
Trump added that he has "full faith and support for America's great intelligence agencies".
During his news conference along side Putin in Helsinki on Monday, Trump stated he didn't see "any reason" why Russian Federation was responsible for hacking the 2016 election, as USA intelligence agencies have found.
"It could be other people also - there's a lot of people out there", he said.
Here's what Mr Trump said and how his attempt at clarification played out.
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Kimmel began by calling Trump a "liar" for trying to walk back "what the Helsinki was going through his cotton candy-colored head" when he "took sides with Russia" over the USA intel agencies about the meddling in the 2016 election. Members of both parties said they might produce legislation that would slap new sanctions on Russian Federation, alarmed that Trump is going easy on Putin.
The most authentic proof of this is found in Trump's prepared remarks from Tuesday. "Just like I consider myself to be responsible for things that happen in this country", Trump said in the CBS Evening News interview.
In the Finnish capital, Trump had refused to say he believed United States intelligence agencies over Russia's denials of meddling and delivered no condemnation of Moscow's interference.
"They're not saying don't do this or this is the wrong thing to do", Flake said.
Trump's comments on July 17 came minutes after the leader of the Republican majority in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, warned Russian Federation not to interfere in the November 2018 midterm elections and said the Senate could take up legislation on additional sanctions against Russian Federation.
Trump has also appeared on several occasions to question the U.S. intelligence findings that Russian Federation interfered to undermine Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.
Members of the Republican Party and even Fox News hosts called out Trump for siding with Putin.
Trump, meanwhile, lamented that there was no media coverage during his one-on-one talks with Putin at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki that lasted over two hours.
Putin also told Fox news that the leaders "did make a good start". "We couldn't trust them", Flaskey said as he sat in a Norfolk barbershop.