Published: Wed, July 18, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Trump approved decision to announce Russian indictments before Putin meeting

Trump approved decision to announce Russian indictments before Putin meeting

"I think we've all been foolish", he said.

And while Trump's tried-and-true base will stick by him, most voters won't easily forget watching the president get his hat handed to him by none other than Vladimir Putin, the former KGB agent and now head of the Evil Empire.

Trump's comment on collusion was in reference to special counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation into Russia's meddling of the 2016 election and whether members of the Trump campaign were involved - which Trump has repeatedly tried to discredit and called a witch hunt.

He was in Singapore last month to interview the president after his meeting with North Korea's Kim Jong-un, and he was in Helsinki on Monday to shield him from bipartisan attacks that he had disgraced the USA by refusing stand up to Putin.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said Mr Trump was trying to "squirm away" from his comments alongside Mr Putin.

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.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., added there is "no question" Russian Federation interfered in the election, citing findings by the American intelligence community but also the House Committee on Intelligence. "Our intelligence officers believe they did and I think it's disgraceful that the president didn't acknowledge that".

My second question is, would you now, with the whole world watching, tell President Putin, would you denounce what happened in 2016 and would you warn him to never do it again?

But muddling his message, Trump added that it "could be other people also".

But Trump attempted to keep the atmosphere upbeat, saying: 'Getting along with Russian Federation is a good thing, not a bad thing.

Mr Trump was speaking after returning from the Helsinki summit to widespread anger over his performance during a news conference with Vladimir Putin.

"The sentence should have been, 'I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be Russia.' Sort of a double negative", Trump said. Putin said that issue came up during their private meetings, but Trump did not discuss it during the press conference.

Speaking to the press after a private meeting, Trump ripped special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into his campaign's possible election collusion with Russian Federation.

He rallied European populists in London ahead of the president's visit to the United Kingdom last week and emerged on Tuesday to defend Trump's press conference performance. "We've all been foolish", he said, before veering into discussion about his election victory.

But he later corrected one of the comments he'd made.

"We are doing everything in our power to prevent Russian interference in 2018", he said. "That sets us back a lot".

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