Trump's comments at the White House followed a series of early morning Twitter posts on Wednesday in which the Republican president said his summit with Putin would eventually produce "big results" and accused his critics of "Trump Derangement Syndrome".
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.
Mr. Trump asserted, "Look at what we've done, look at sanctions, look at ambassadors not there, look, unfortunately, at what happened in Syria recently", referring to a missile attack that Mr. Trump ordered in April on Syrian forces in retaliation for killing civilians with chemical weapons.
"You know the president can do more damage in 15 minutes at a press conference than we can undo in six months of passing resolutions". Standing next to Putin on Monday, Trump cast doubt on his country's intelligence agencies' assessment that Russian Federation had meddled in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
Donald Trump speaks about his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin ahead of a meeting with Republican lawmakers and cabinet members on tax cuts at the White House in Washington, DC, on July 17, 2018.
Trump's belief that Russian Federation is not targeting the USA contradicts assessments from United States intelligence agencies that Moscow is still meddling in U.S. domestic affairs.
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"The sentence should have been: "I don't see any reason why I wouldn't" or "why it wouldn't be Russia". A lot of people out there".
"The President has made clear to Vladimir Putin that he should stay out of USA elections", Sanders said.
Democratic Sen. Chris Coons of DE said he is in conversation with Flake and a number of other senators about taking action in response to Trump's comments Monday. I hope that clarifies things.
In a follow-up tweet, Mr Trump wrote that Russian Federation has agreed to help in delicate negotiations with North Korea, although he provided no details on how and when that would happen. "After Charlottesville, I meant to say there's bad people on both sides and also on that bus I meant to say respect her by the pussy".
"The warning lights are blinking red again", Coats said.