Intelligence chief Dan Coats: Russia meddled in 2016 election

Standing alongside Putin at the news conference in Helsinki on Monday, Trump was asked if he believed USA intelligence agencies' conclusions that Russian Federation interfered in the election in an effort to help him defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton.

"He was nearly was reading this, very much an example of a White House in damage control mode, where the communications team has worked very hard to parse the statement of the president in Helsinki and try to turn it into something other than what many people believe they witnessed - and that was a president standing apart from his intelligence agencies and the conclusion that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 USA election", said Halkett.

"The full faith and support for America's intelligence agencies - I have a full faith in our intelligence agencies", Trump said.

He also said he accepts the American intelligence community's conclusion that Russian Federation interfered in the election, but he denied that his campaign had colluded in the effort.

The president had insisted that he held "both countries responsible" for the poor relations between Washington and Moscow, despite the conclusion by US intelligence agencies that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 USA election.

"I believe the Senate Foreign Relations Committee should hold a hearing with the American interpreter who was present during President Trump and President Putin's private meeting to determine what was specifically discussed and agreed to on the United States' behalf", Shaheen said. There are a lot of people out there.

With this tension, Tchantouridze says Americans should not be too anxious but he says do keep in mind that most of Russia's intercontinental ballistic missiles target the Northeast, as they see it as a seat of power for the country. He said US officials could request to be present at such questioning in line with a 1999 agreement on mutual legal assistance in criminal cases.

Mr. Trump spoke to reporters as he met with a group of GOP lawmakers at the White House. "I simply wanted to hold up a sign so that they would call on me".

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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. And on Monday, federal prosecutors in Washington revealed that they had arrested a 29-year-old woman and accused her of working as a covert Russian agent, gathering intelligence on American officials and political organizations through her gun-rights contacts.

He also said that he and Putin had talked about a wide range of issues such as Syria, Iran, Israel, and the reduction of nuclear weapons throughout the world.

More worrying for the president is that some people who've previously backed him are now suggesting his comments about Vladimir Putin are a step too far.

Asked about the tweet and whether he held Russian Federation responsible for anything, Trump said he held "both countries responsible" thinks the United States has been "fooling" and that "we're all to blame". The hearing could force Pompeo to answer for Trump's warm overtures to Putin and clarify the administration's stances on Russian Federation, including potential cooperation on the Syria conflict.

John McCain, which said "the damage inflicted by President Trump... is hard to calculate", Colbert took his best shot at the math, whipping out an actual calculator and punching in Trump's "egotism, plus naiveté, times false equivalence". Even many members of the President's own party rebuked his statements from almost the moment he departed the Finnish capital.

Trump's remarks have drawn widespread criticism from Democrats and Republicans.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said earlier Tuesday he wouldn't critique Trump's appearance with Putin.

Noah played various news segments criticizing Trump's performance overseas, ending on one that called the press conference the "single most embarrassing performance by a US president on the world stage".

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