US President Donald Trump insisted Wednesday that his meeting with Vladimir Putin could prove successful, as he tries to quell fury in Washington after appearing to defer to the Russian leader over US intelligence chiefs.
In the interview that took place on the heels of the summit with Putin, where Trump received intense backlash for publicly defending Putin's denial of Russian interference in the 2016 election, Trump also criticized the Federal Bureau of Investigation and former intelligence official John Brennan.
The political firestorm over Trump's performance at the Helsinki news conference has engulfed the administration and spread to his fellow Republicans, eclipsing most of the frequent controversies that have erupted during Trump's turbulent 18 months in office.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said later that Trump does believe that Russian Federation may try to target USA elections again and the "threat still exists".
"And we've never had our president hold a joint news conference with a Russian leader where he assigned blame, from his perspective, to both parties, but in fact dedicated most of his time to blaming the U.S. Justice Department and intelligence services".
Trump added that he has "full faith and support for America's great intelligence agencies". "A lot of people out there".
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Before back-tracking, Trump said on Twitter he had a great summit with Putin and gave no ground in changing his statements about accepting Putin's denial of interference in the USA election two years ago. "I don't think he's a friend; he's a foe", Scott said.
"What I find absolutely remarkable ... is they'd had 27 hours to figure out, 'How are we going to deal with this?' And you supposedly have the best spin doctors working for the White House", Dori said.
Maria Bartiromo - one of Trump's most vocal cheerleaders at Fox Business - called the summit "probably the low point of the presidency so far".
"I thought it would be obvious but I would like to clarify just in case it wasn't".
Taking direct issue with the president who appointed him, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said USA spy agencies have been "clear" and "fact-based" in their assessment that Moscow interfered in the presidential race two years ago. "If Republicans are as outraged as they claim, then issue the subpoena today", he demanded.
The drama continued as Trump headed to his next stop, the U.K. His first official visit was overshadowed by fallout from the rhetorical grenade he'd lobbed at British Prime Minister Theresa May before arriving.
Speaking at the White House on Tuesday, Trump said he misspoke when he addressed reporters in Helsinki a day earlier.
"I will say this: I don't see any reason why it would be".
Holding of copy of the House Intelligence Committee's March 2018 report on Russian election meddling, the anchor said there was no question that Moscow had attacked the American democratic process.