During a lukewarm interview with Fox News' Tucker Carlson, recorded just after the press conference with Vladimir Putin on Monday, President Donald Trump argued that he's "not pro-Russia", but the country "really helped us" win some wars.
The statements come after lawmakers on both sides of the aisle rushed to admonish Trump for his comments at the summit Monday and as many lawmakers are hoping to get more answers about what was discussed behind closed doors.
President Donald Trump appeared to say Wednesday that Russian Federation was no longer targeting the United States, contradicting his own intelligence chief just a day after promising that his administration was working to prevent Kremlin interference in the upcoming midterm elections.
During a cabinet meeting in the White House earlier, reporters had asked Trump if he believed Russian Federation was still trying to interfere in USA elections, towhich which the President had said "no". McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan, who called Russia's government "menacing", said their chambers could consider additional sanctions on Russian Federation.
"It could be other people also".
Trump then added that "it could be other people also, there's a lot of people out there".
Flake said Tuesday the President threw "basically the whole country under the bus" with his comments and called it disgraceful and "shameful".
TRUMP: My people came to me. they said they think it's Russian Federation.
"I have said that numerous times before, and I would say that is true, yeah", Trump said in response. On Wednesday, Trump said, "there's never been a president as tough on Russian Federation as I have been".
Trump claimed he told Putin, "We can't have this".
But, as seen at Trump's meeting with Putin in Helsinki this week, Trump has veered away from that evidence and even cast doubts on the work of the USA intelligence community, The New York Times added.
The two major American political parties appear largely united in their desire to keep the Kremlin in check, particularly after Trump made the startling assertion in Helsinki Monday, with Putin at his side, that he believed the Russian leader when he said Moscow did not interfere in USA elections.
Trump wrote that a July 11-12 North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels was "an acknowledged triumph", repeating a disputed claim that member countries agreed to increase defense spending more quickly than they had planned.
FILE - Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., takes questions from reporters. Kilmeade added that Trump's victory over 16 Republican primary opponents and Hillary Clinton couldn't be credited to Russian interference, but he conceded that "Russia's goal was to upend the electoral process".
"Those who opposed the meeting will try to devalue the agreements made", said Vladimir Olenchenko of Russia's Institute of Global Economics and International Relations.
Just now, President Putin denied having anything to do with the election interference in 2016.
After his walkback, Trump said his administration would "move aggressively" to repel efforts to interfere in American elections. I'm ashamed of it.
Hours earlier, ABC News reporter Cecilia Vega asked the president whether Russian Federation would still target American elections.
Sheppard, who left the military after 13 years in 2005 and is now a tax attorney, couldn't believe his ears.