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.
In the interview that took place on the heels of the summit with Putin, where Trump received intense backlash for publicly defending Putin's denial of Russian interference in the 2016 election, Trump also criticized the Federal Bureau of Investigation and former intelligence official John Brennan.
"I said the word "would" instead of 'wouldn't, '" Trump told reporters at the White House, more than 24 hours after his appearance with Putin.
Gingrich said that although President Trump is someone who doesn't like to correct himself, his comments Monday were a big enough reason to.
He continued: 'We're doing very well, probably as well as anybody has ever done with Russian Federation.
While Trump was not entirely without defenders, the bipartisan consensus was broadly hostile to his stance in Helsinki - as the top Republican in Congress, House Speaker Paul Ryan made clear at a press conference Tuesday on Capitol Hill.
Standing alongside Putin in Helsinki, Trump told reporters he was not convinced it was Moscow.
Trump said: "All I can do is ask the question".
Republicans and Democrats accused him of siding with an adversary rather than his own country.
Reading from a typed document back in Washington, the United States president clarified what he actually meant to say in Helsinki, but it raised yet more questions, among them: why there was no criticism of Russia's involvement in Syria or of the annexation of Crimea and why the issue of nerve agent attacks in Britain was apparently not raised.
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Trump still refused to publically condemn the Russian president and even suggested other parties may also be involved in election meddling. Democrats dismissed Trump's statement as political damage control.
"I am not being alarmist, I am simply stating the facts", Obama said.
Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said Trump's comments on Tuesday were another sign of weakness, particularly his statement that it "could be other people" responsible for the election meddling.
"He made a awful statement, tried to back off, but couldn't even bring himself to back off", Schumer said on the Senate floor.
"I have President Putin".
Obama urged people around the world to respect human rights and other threatened values in his most high-profile speech since leaving office, at the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela's birth in South Africa.
Meanwhile, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Tennessee Republican Bob Corker, told reporters he expects Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to testify on Russian Federation as early as next week.
"My people came to me, Dan Coats [the director of national intelligence] came to me and some others, they said they think it's Russian Federation".
Several senators from both parties backed tougher sanctions on Russian Federation.
But he said things could still change as a result of the fallout from the ongoing Russian Federation investigation and the Trump Administration's unpopular stances on some key voting issues.