White House issues talking points to curtail damage from Russian Federation summit


Two congressional aides confirmed to Foreign Policy that Pompeo will publicly testify before the committee next Wednesday.

Speaking from the White House, Trump said that after reviewing a transcript of the press conference he realized that "in a key sentence I said the word "would" instead of 'wouldn't'".

The president, in Helsinki, also criticised the FBI, Democrats, Hillary Clinton and the special counsel's investigation of Russia's election activities and possible Trump campaign complicity - all as an occasionally smiling Putin stood beside him in the Finland presidential palace.

Russia's state-run Channel One said Trump's meetings in Britain and his contentious appearance at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit last week were secondary to Monday's summit, saying: "After all, he was just passing through Brussels and London on the way to Helsinki". "I don't see any reason why it would be". Just 38 per cent of Republicans now see Russian Federation as a "threat to the well-being of the United States", down 20 points in the last few years despite Russia's involvement in the 2016 election. So, you can put that in.

"To me, it's the only question that interests the American press", reporter Yegor Kolyvanov said on NTV, a Kremlin-controlled national TV channel. "I accept our intelligence community's conclusion that Russia's meddling in the 2016 election took place".

Trump also continued to deny that there had been any other collusion between his campaign and Russians, declaring: "We ran a brilliant campaign and that's why I'm president". A lot of people out there.

"I don't mean to make everything person, I know so much about Russian politics because of my father", she said of dad John McCain.

The 29-page indictment against the 12 Russian intelligence officers was announced on Friday - just days before Trump's meeting with Putin.

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"I've said this many times", Trump said, reading from the written statement.

"As the president taxes Americans with tariffs, he pushes away our allies and further strengthens Putin". Yet it took more than a day for him or the White House to offer any official walk-back. We have legislation to do that.

Moments earlier, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell issued a public reassurance to USA allies in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and Europe with whom Trump clashed during his frenzied Europe trip last week.

On Monday, former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan tweeted that Trump's Helsinki news conference commentary was "treasonous" and akin to "high crimes & misdemeanors".

Asked about the tweet and whether he held Russian Federation responsible for anything, Trump said he held "both countries responsible" thinks the United States has been "fooling" and that "we're all to blame".

"It is the most serious mistake of his presidency and must be corrected - immediately", he tweeted as Trump headed home. The speaker said he stood by his Monday statement that "the president must appreciate that Russian Federation is not our ally".

However, Trump stopped short of condemning Russian Federation and noted that other actors could have been responsible in meddling with the election.