Trump holds Putin responsible for election meddling


Acting EPA chief Andrew Wheeler, a former coal lobbyist, just signed his first major regulatory amendment - making it easier for corporations to discard coal ash however they see fit. "We're not going to have it and that's the way it's going to be".

Donald Trump has said he accepts the view of U.S. intelligence that Russian Federation is continuing to meddle in elections.

Media captionTrump says he "misspoke" at Putin summit, but is it too late?

As the report noted, the bookmaker Paddy Power had the odds of Donald Trump being impeached at 8-to-1 before the summit, and it shot up to 2-to-1 this week. Putin said U.S. intelligence officers helped Browder.

He had made the original comments standing alongside Vladimir Putin on a stage in Helsinki. It was, he said, because he had misspoken. "And there's been no president ever as tough as I have been on Russia", Trump said before the Cabinet meeting, adding that Putin "understands it and he's not happy about it".

Amid bipartisan condemnation of Trump's embrace of a longtime US enemy in Helsinki, the USA president delivered a rare admission of error Tuesday.

The damage, however, has been done.

Trump has denied collusion and casts Mueller's probe as a witchhunt that detracts from his election victory. All the explanations can not change that. "It is not exactly easy to craft that kind of legislation, but I think there seems to be some bipartisan support for sending that message and letting Mr. Putin know that if he keeps this up there will be consequences".

By dusk, hundreds of activists, led by attorney Michael Avenatti and actress Alyssa Milano, staged a protest near the White House, with chants of "traitor!" echoing along Pennsylvania Avenue. Among other things, the Russians would pursue allegations that Mr. Browder channeled money into Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign: Mr. Putin cited an amount of $400 million, which the prosecutor's office later revised to $400,000.

USA lawmakers are calling for a court demand to be issued for the notes of the U.S. translator who accompanied Mr Trump to his two-hour meeting with Mr Putin.

"So many people at the higher ends of intelligence loved my press conference performance in Helsinki", Trump said on Twitter.

When asked if she was reversing what the president had said, she answered: "I'm interpreting it, not reversing it". "I will say this: I don't see any reason why it would be".

On Tuesday, Mr Trump said he had reviewed the transcript and realised he needed to clarify.

He added: "In a key sentence in my remarks I said the word "would" instead of 'wouldn't.' ..."

"The sentence should have been: "I don't see any reason why I wouldn't" or "why it wouldn't be Russia".

Blame it on that pesky double negative.

In rebutting Mr Trump's dismissive comments about United States intelligence on Monday, Mr Coats said in a statement: "We have been clear in our assessments of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and their ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy". It could be other people, also.

"It could be other people also - there's a lot of people out there", he said.

The issue of Russian election interference could come up later on Tuesday, when Trump was scheduled to meet with members of Congress, although it is expected to focus on tax reform.

However, he did not respond when reporters asked him if he would condemn Mr Putin.

In return, he said, Russian Federation wants to question a number of US citizens as well as British financier and Putin critic Bill Browder over an alleged $1.5 billion tax evasion, part of whose proceeds Russian Federation says went to the Democratic Party. "I think that's an incredible offer", volunteered Mr. Trump.

"Why should this president have any credibility to Americans in what he says if in fact 24 hours later - or in this case 3 hours later - the White House comes out and says "just kidding"?", Jackson asked.