House Intelligence Republicans say they disagreed with Trump's comments about Russian meddling, but they argue that Russia was trying to sow discord into the U.S. election system, as opposed to electing Trump. When tensions are higher than they've ever been - including the Bay of Pigs - when tensions are higher between the USA and Russian Federation than ever before, I'm not going to stand next to the man and call him a liar to his face because it would undo all of the great progress we had just made.
Trump ally Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, also responded to the initial report, telling reporters that "everything I've seen from the intelligence community suggests Russian Federation is interfering with the 2018 election".
At the start of a Cabinet meeting at the White House, a reporter asked Trump, "Is Russia still targeting the US, Mr. President?"
From the beginning of his administration, Trump has actually taken action to defend U.S. election system from meddling and interference, she said.
Asked if he held Putin personally responsible, Trump told CBS, "I would, because he's in charge of the country".
"I let him know we can't have this, we're not going to have it, and that's the way it's going to be", Trump said in an interview with CBS.
"I had a chance to speak with the president after those comments, and the president was saying "Thank you very much" and saying "no" to answering questions", Sanders said at the first White House press briefing in two weeks.
Donald Trump reiterated the statement that Democrats and the press are the enemy just before his summit with Putin kicked off earlier this week, launching into them in a tweet while he was en route to Helsinki.
"Russia lost 50 million people and helped us win the war", Trump said.
Reading mainly from a statement, Mr Trump said on Tuesday that he had complete faith in United States intelligence agencies and accepted their conclusions.
Trump Backtracks, Says He Misspoke in Helsinki Summit With Putin
Putin and Trump sat down in Helsinki for a historic meeting in which they held four hours of talks between Moscow and Washington . John Cornyn of Texas, said sanctions may be preferable to a nonbinding resolution that amounts to "just some messaging exercise".
"I have full faith and support for America's great intelligence agencies, I always have", Mr. Trump said.
"It was important for the President to know what information we've uncovered because he's got to make very important decisions for the country, so he needs to understand what evidence we have of foreign election interference", Rosenstein said.
He also said he has faith in US intelligence agencies.
"No, you don't believe that to be the case?" the reporter asked over the din.
Faced with outrage at home, Trump on Tuesday sought to end 27 hours of bipartisan recrimination by delivering a rare admission of error, saying he misspoke during his press conference with Putin. McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan, who called Russia's government "menacing", said their chambers could consider additional sanctions on Russian Federation.
"[Putin] got hit right in the middle of the forehead with the facts", he said.
Trump's comments Wednesday morning set off a new round of criticism from lawmakers in both parties.
In recent days, dozens of Republican lawmakers have denounced Russian Federation and backed the United States intelligence community, making clear there is no daylight between themselves and the findings that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 U.S. elections and still poses a risk to upcoming elections.
In the brightest global spotlight side by side with the foreign leader he has most admired for his toughness, Donald Trump looked weak and submissive, incapable of expressing any sort of righteous indignation at even the most blatant bad behavior by Russian Federation.
"Vladimir Putin does not share our values", said Ryan.