Poll shows how Americans reacted to Trump’s ‘disastrous’ summit with Putin

Poll shows how Americans reacted to Trump’s ‘disastrous’ summit with Putin

Cheryl Sanders
July 18, 2018

On Tuesday, however, Trump backtracked and claimed that he had misspoken - that he had, in fact, meant to say that he did believe that Russian Federation had interfered in the election.

"As successful as North Atlantic Treaty Organisation was, I think this was our most successful visit", Trump said of the Helsinki summit. And the scripted cleanup pertained only to the least defensible of his comments.

He also promised that "we're doing everything in our power to prevent Russian interference in 2018" elections.

According to Trump, perhaps the most important issue they discussed was the reduction of nuclear weapons throughout the world.

"It could be other people also".

"A lot of people get confused - I'm not saying the president is confused", Doocy went on. "There was no collusion at all".

Former U.S. intelligence officials told The Hill that Trump's statement was damaging to the intel community as a whole, and likely hurt morale across agencies.

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

Hundreds of activists, led by attorney Michael Avenatti and actress Alyssa Milano, staged a protest near the White House after the President's comments.

Mr Wilson said as things stand, Republicans will be sticking with Mr Trump as their 2020 presidential candidate despite their differences with their leader. But this reference to diplomatic success carried an edge, too, since the barrage of criticism and insults he delivered in Brussels and London was hardly well-received.

After his remarks, the White House released a fact sheet on how the USA is "standing up to Russia's malign activities" - a clear bid to counter the notion that Trump had been soft on Putin.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said, "There is no question that Russian Federation interfered in our election and continues attempts to undermine democracy here and around the world".

Mr Ryan had added that Congress would make sure they were not able to "get away with (election meddling) again".

But a handful of Trump loyalists remain in the president's camp.

Senate Foreign Relations member Cory Gardner in April sponsored a bipartisan bill, now awaiting committee consideration, that would require the State Department to determine whether Russian Federation meets the standard for being characterized as a state sponsor of terrorism.

"I think there is real value in having a broad bipartisan statement that reinforces our support for the intelligence community and the ongoing investigation by special counsel (Robert) Mueller that calls for concrete action to protect our election system", Coons told CNN Tuesday.

But minority Democrats have few tools to enforce anything.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., added there is "no question" Russian Federation interfered in the election, citing findings by the American intelligence community but also the House Committee on Intelligence. But even that largely symbolic measure was blocked party-line by Republicans. Flake said his goal is to bring the proposal to the Senate floor and have it pass with unanimous consent by this week or next. But The No. 2 Republican, Sen.

"They're not saying don't do this or this is the wrong thing to do", Flake said.

At the Helsinki summit, Trump suggested he believed Putin "strong" rebuke of allegations of meddling in the 2016 election.

Some US politicians had called for the summit to be cancelled after 12 Russian military intelligence agents were indicted last week, accused of hacking Mrs Clinton's election campaign.

"While I had a great meeting with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, raising vast amounts of money, I had an even better meeting with Vladimir Putin of Russia", Trump wrote in a tweet.

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