The summit in fact had the two world superpowers sit down and discuss in a civilized way for two hours privately, and then two hours with staff, the wide gamut of issues that are important to this world. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, who said she spoke with Trump about his answer, said the President wasn't responding "no" to the question, but was declining to answer it when he said "no". But he declined to say whether his faith in the intelligence community leads him to the conclusion that Putin's denials are untrue. Beto O'Rourke, a Texas Democrat running against Republican Ted Cruz for the U.S. Senate, said this week that Trump's public support of Putin warrants his impeachment.
"They would rather go to war than see this!" he wrote.
"It's insane and should be called insane and outrageous, not just by me, but by the U.S. government", McFaul said.
President Trump said he accepted his intelligence services' assessment that Russian Federation had interfered.
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Does Donald Trump believe in ominous metaphors? It was, he said, because he had misspoken.
Asked by reporters before a Cabinet meeting whether Moscow was still targeting the United States, Trump shook his head and said, "No".
What is more, the context of the president's comments make a simple slip of the tongue seem less likely.
At the very least, the president gave his supporters some material to rally around.
Sanders explanation of Trump's "No" was the second time since Monday's summit that Trump and the White House have blamed a misstatement or misunderstanding for the furore over Russian Federation. All the explanations can not change that.
That didn't explain why Trump, who had tweeted a half-dozen times and sat for two television interviews since the Putin news conference, waited so long to correct his remarks.
The White House is likely to block the move, arguing that the president is not required to reveal private conversations and that an aide, such as a translator, should not be compelled to do so.
Mr Schumer also urged the Senate to take up legislation to boost security for U.S. elections and to revive a measure passed earlier by the Judiciary Committee to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election interference.
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Ohr at the Justice Department and then the Federal Bureau of Investigation . "He came up with excuses", said Mr. I hadn't thought of that, but certainly I'll be asking about it".
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Earlier Wednesday, Trump claimed that no U.S. president has been as "tough" as him on Russian Federation.
"No, you don't believe that to be the case?" the reporter asked over the din. "I'll tell you, though, it better not be [happening]". "And I think I can speak as well for all of us to say, and I include Jim Comey in this, the only reason we've spoken out about all this is our genuine concerns about this President and this Presidency and its assaulting values and institutions and standards of this country which collectively we've spent decades defending". "And he shouldn't be happy about it because there's never been a president as tough on Russian Federation as I have been. OK?" He added that it was "sort of a double negative".
On Tuesday, however, Trump backtracked and claimed that he had misspoken - that he had, in fact, meant to say that he did believe that Russian Federation had interfered in the election. "There are lots of people out there".
Trump told CBS News that he holds Putin responsible "because he's in charge of the country, just like I consider myself to be responsible for things that happen in this country". But Putin did not mention McFaul's name to reporters.
Browder said on Fox Business Network that it was "just shocking" for Trump's spokeswoman to say they were considering letting Russian Federation question United States officials. I think that Dan Coats is excellent.
"There is no rush, the sanctions remain!"
Dori concluded at the end of his speech that he "would be a good president".
How great has been the outrage?
Chuck Schumer, leader of the opposition Democrats in the Senate, said Mr Trump's retraction of his previous comments was a sign of weakness.
"He made a terrible statement, tried to back off, but couldn't even bring himself to back off", he told the Senate.
KIRO Radio's Dori Monson could have a new career in store as a speech-writer for President Trump.
We heard from one supporter on today's show.
But when asked specifically whether he also condemned Trump's defence of the former Russian intelligence officer, Trudeau only targeted Russia.