No one is buying Donald Trump's 'would/wouldn't' backflip on Russian Federation

Trump will attempt to shift the White House message back to the economy Thursday with an event and executive order focused on worker training

Trump will attempt to shift the White House message back to the economy Thursday with an event and executive order focused on worker training

US President Donald Trump has said that he holds his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin personally responsible for the alleged meddling into the 2016 presidential elections. And it also increases pressure on Trump to disclose details about what he and Putin discussed in their two-hour private meeting, after which Trump appeared to capitulate to the longtime US adversary.

But on Wednesday, when the president was asked whether Russian Federation was "still targeting" the United States, Trump said: "No". But he then lowered his voice and responded, "No". "We're taking steps, we're making bold reforms to try to fix this and make sure it never happens again because we take it seriously and because we recognise that our election systems are incredibly important and is certainly a cornerstone of our democracy", the presidential advisor said.

After playing a clip of Trump's reaction to the lighting failure, Kimmel said it appeared to be a sign from God.

"The Russians are not our friends and I entirely believe the assessment of our intelligence community."

And Republican Senator Rob Portman said he was glad the President had clarified his comments.

President Donald Trump's supporters in the media faced a test Monday when they were forced to respond to the president's press conference in Helsinki, during which Trump, standing beside the Russian president, challenged the United States intelligence community's findings that the Russian government meddled in the 2016 U.S. election.

In her first news conference after the Helsinki meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, Sanders accused the media of going hysterical on issues relating to it.

"Because he's in charge of the country".

Trump said he had been "very strong on the fact that we can't have meddling, we can't have any of that".

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein went to Trump last week and offered him the choice: before or after the Putin summit on Monday in Helsinki? I will say this.

When asked during the press event if he believed the assertion from US spy agencies that Russian Federation meddled with USA politics, Trump deflected the question and suggested that he was siding with Putin, who denied any interference in USA politics. He cited US sanctions and the expulsion of alleged Russian spies from the USA, telling reporters that Putin "understands it, and he's not happy about it".

Trump drew flak for his comments during the conference with Putin, with former Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel saying that Trump had "failed America today". Others say Trump's relationship with Putin, whatever it may be, is positive for the US, and won't change their minds about their president. Could be other people also. He explained he had reviewed a transcript and video of his remarks.

Despite the clarification, Trump didn't retreat from savaging Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian election meddling as he stood alongside Putin.

He also accused past American leaders, rather than Russia's destabilising actions in the U.S. and around the world, for the souring of relations between two countries.

President Donald Trump is defending his Helsinki summit with Russia's president as a "great success" and blaming what he calls "the Fake News Media" for contrary views. I will say this: "I don't see any reason why it would be", Trump said.

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