Trump provoked fierce bipartisan criticism after joining with Putin on Monday, at a summit in Helsinki, to question US findings that the Kremlin meddled in the election and criticize the Department of Justice investigation that followed.
"Some people HATE the fact that I got along well with President Putin of Russian Federation".
"No? You don't believe that to be the case?"
"Always have", Trump said, reading from prepared remarks. Instead they're sympathizing with a US president on whom they've pinned hopes for improved relations, portraying him as a victim of irrational domestic critics and aggressive journalists. "We believe that the threat still exists" and are taking actions to block Russian cyberattacks, Sanders said.
"Ultimately I can tell you what I know, the Russians most certainly under the direction of President Putin interfered in our election, primarily for the purposes of putting a cloud over the head of the next president, no matter who won", Rubio said.
On Tuesday, however, Trump backtracked and claimed that he had misspoken - that he had, in fact, meant to say that he did believe that Russian Federation had interfered in the election.
President Donald Trump on Wednesday continued to defend his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, a day after walking back his remarks in which he would not endorse U.S. intelligence findings on Russian election meddling over Putin's denial.
Those who spoke with The Associated Press largely didn't buy his change in tone - or said it didn't matter.
On Capitol Hill, House Speaker Paul Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, responded to Trump's rosy assessment.
"I honestly felt like Trump wasn't representing the collective interests of Americans". "Vladimir Putin does not share our values". As he affirmed his support for United States intelligence agencies, the lights went to black in the White House conference room. I agree with the intelligence community. "Everything we do - every deployment - is based on a reason".
Later, Ms Vega tweeted that the president had been looking directly at her when he answered.
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He was born in Hawaii, where he spent most of his childhood raised by his mother, a white American from Kansas. This will be his first visit to Kenya since leaving office on January 20 previous year .
"Just because the Soviet Union broke apart, doesn't mean they stopped being our enemy", she said of Russian Federation.
With U.S. -Russia tensions exceptionally high, the Kremlin set low expectations for the summit.
"Have you ever seen the lights go out on a president before?"
"The sentence should have been: "I don't see any reason why I wouldn't" or "why it wouldn't be Russia". "And if they refused too, then Congress should subpoena". "We couldn't trust them", Flaskey said as he sat in a Norfolk barbershop. "Many positive things will come out of that meeting", he said.
"My people came to me, Dan Coats [the director of national intelligence] came to me and some others, they said they think it's Russian Federation". "I take a back seat on no one on pressing this administration for some of the worst things that I've seen happen in public as it relates to our country".
Aron Axe, a combat-decorated Marine infantry officer with 25 years in uniform, feels anything but trust for his president after witnessing his performance in Helsinki.
"This is simply false", said Sen.
Douglas Brinkley, a presidential historian and professor at Rice University, compared Trump to "a bull carrying his own china shop around with him".
The pressure is building."I think there's a growing wave of alarm" in both parties, Democratic SeNator Richard Blumenthal told AFP.
A day later, US lawmakers continued to condemn Trump's performance.
He said the sentence should have been, "I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be Russian Federation", rather than, "I don't see any reason why it would be Russian Federation". "If we do end up needing to support a conflict, what this means for some people in the military - these are life and death matters".
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