In a stunning about-face, President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he had "full faith" in America's intelligence agencies - a day after he appeared to dismiss their conclusion that Russian Federation meddled in the United States elections while standing side by side with Vladimir Putin.
He had the opportunity to press Putin on any number of issues, including Russia's annexation of Crimea, the shooting down of a Malaysia Airlines jet over Ukraine and alleged meddling in the U.S. election in 2016 to help Trump beat Hillary Clinton.
He added that he had full faith and support for USA intelligence agencies and accepted their conclusion that Russian Federation meddled in the election. "There was no collusion at all".
House Speaker Paul Ryan, who called Russia's government "menacing", said he would consider additional sanctions on Russian Federation and reiterated his support for U.S. intelligence findings that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election.
When asked why he's seemingly now pushing back against Congressional oversight in this instance related to Russia, Paul again downplayed calls for hearings or further action, insisting instead that "meetings and conversations with the White House to see what can be furthered" from the Putin summit is a better path forward.
"Well, I think there's a possibility", McConnell said Tuesday of possible legislation, citing only a proposed bill by Rep. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) to deter Russian Federation from any future meddling. "It could be other people also", he said.
After his walkback on Tuesday, Trump said his administration will "move aggressively" to repel efforts to interfere in American elections.
On Tuesday afternoon, Donald Trump attempted to clean up the monumental mess he caused during his joint press conference with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, by reading prepared statement in the White House.
Both parties called for Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other officials to appear before Congress and tell exactly what happened during Trump's two-hour private session with Putin.
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These days "we see much of the world threatening to return to a more risky , more brutal way of business", Obama said . In the photo, a much younger version of Aishwarya can be seen greeting Nelson Mandela at an event.
The Austrian born, American politician and actor then hearkened back to the words of a then President Ronald Reagan during the Cold War.
On Tuesday, Trump said he discussed North Korea's nuclear weapons programme with Putin in their meeting on Monday, and that the two leaders also discussed reducing nuclear weapons worldwide.
"We stand by our North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies and all those countries who are facing Russian Federation aggression", Ryan said. Congressman Justin Amash, a Michigan Republican, had one of the pithier of the GOP reactions: "A person can be in favor of improving relations with Russian Federation, in favor of meeting with Putin, and still think something is not right here".
His skepticism drew a quick formal statement - nearly a rebuttal - from Trump's director of national Intelligence, Dan Coats.
In France, Le Monde topped its front page with: "Donald Trump, best of allies with Vladimir Putin".
The president also offered thanks to Kentucky Republican Sen.
House Speaker Paul Ryan talks with reporters Tuesday.
"My people came to me, Dan Coats, came to me and some others they said they think it's Russia", Trump said, referring to his director of national intelligence.
"I mean, that is so offensive, and so insane", he said. And spectacle there certainly was: NATO-bashing, humiliation of Theresa May, rudeness to the queen-even a balloon of a giant, diapered, angry baby Trump, holding a smart phone high above London.