The libertarian lawmaker, who has been a swing vote for Trump's agenda, said that the Republican president had been unfairly hit with an "onslaught" of allegations since he took office, when it was Hillary Clinton's campaign that is known to have funded a dossier of dirt on her opponent.
"In a key sentence in my remarks I said the word "would" instead of 'wouldn't, ' " Trump said Tuesday.
"You had a group on one side who was bad, and you had a group on the other side that was also very violent, and nobody wants to say that, but I'll say it right now", Trump said.
And he voiced support for U.S. intelligence agencies - a day after he had refused to accept their findings on Russia's election interference over Putin's denials - and vowed to take action to prevent further attacks. There are a lot of people out there.
Cornyn suggested sanctions legislation as an alternative to plans for a resolution supporting the intelligence community's findings that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election. "I accept our intelligence community's conclucsion that Russia's meddling int eh 2016 election took place".
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican, told reporters: "I've said a number of times and I'll say it again".
'I have President Putin, he just said it's not Russian Federation.
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Dan Coats, Trump's own national intelligence director, took the remarkable step of issuing his own statement that refuted the president following the press conference.
One day later, he insisted, reading from a script, "I have full faith and support for America's great intelligence agencies". "He and Putin seemed to be speaking from the same script as the president made a conscious choice to defend a tyrant against the fair questions of a free press, and to grant Putin an uncontested platform to spew propaganda and lies to the world".
Earlier this month the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, chaired by Republican Senator Richard Burr, affirmed that the intelligence community's findings were "accurate and on point" and that "Russian cyber operations were more extensive than the hack of the Democratic National Committee and continued well through the 2016 election".
Fellow GOP politicians have generally stuck with Trump during a year and a half of turmoil, but he was assailed as seldom before as he returned home Monday night from what he had hoped would be a proud summit with Putin.
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The New York Times says Trump's comments drew "howls of protests from Democrats and some Republicans", and prompted John O. Brennan, who served as Central Intelligence Agency director under Barack Obama, "to suggest that the remarks warranted Mr. Trump's impeachment". "Isn't it natural to feel sympathy to a person who wanted to develop relations with our country?"