President Donald Trump on Tuesday moved to limit the damage from his summit with Vladimir Putin, claiming he misspoke in appearing to accept the Russian leader's denial of election meddling - in a rebuke to U.S. intelligence chiefs.
Mark Levin slammed "psychopaths" in the media for the "overwrought, hysterical, insane" criticism of President Donald Trump following his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The president went on the defensive less than 24 hours after he was forced into a U-turn about the Putin summit, the most humiliating climbdown since Trump took office.
Both leaders rejected any talk of pre-election collusion, and Putin also dismissed the idea that his government holds compromising material on Trump, a wealthy property tycoon who oversaw the Miss Universe pageant in Moscow in 2013.
It came on the heels of the indictment of 12 Russian intelligence agents for intervening in the 2016 election and of Russia's brazen use of a banned chemical weapon on British soil, which resulted last week in the death of a British citizen.
Trump had made the original comments standing alongside Vladimir Putin on a stage in Helsinki.
Meanwhile, Coats responded to Trump's statement by issuing his own, in which he reiterated the consensus among USA intelligence agencies over Russia's intervention in the 2016 election, and argued that the United States intelligence offers "objective and untarnished" reports with the goal of protecting American national security.
Trump sparked a firestorm on Monday when he blamed the USA for straining relations between Washington and Moscow and seemed to accept Putin's denial that the Kremlin attempted to meddle in the 2016 presidential election, despite the assessment from Trump's own intelligence agencies. I will say this: "I don´t see any reason why it would be".
Trump made no mention of his having walked back comments that called into question US intelligence findings of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Trump's domestic critics allege his 2016 election campaign colluded with Russian Federation, something both Trump and Russian Federation deny. Trump says that what he meant to say was he didn't see any reason why it "wouldn't" be Russian Federation who meddled in our election. "Lots of other people out there".
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He just said it's not Russian Federation.
'They would rather go to war than see this.
Braun's statement avoided any challenge to the USA intelligence community conclusion that Russian Federation interfered in the election.
The National Security Council would not confirm what Trump had agreed to in the one-on-one with Putin.
For a third day, Trump and his aides were in damage control mode in the face of criticism from both Republican and Democratic lawmakers dismayed by the president's friendly demeanor toward Putin and his failure to confront the Russian leader about Moscow's meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, also called on the panel to request testimony from Gross.
Then came yet another interview, this one from one of his golf courses in Scotland, in which Trump categorized the European Union as a top geopolitical "foe".
'He just said it's not Russian Federation.