"I Accept Intel Conclusion On Election Meddling By Russia", Says Trump

Frederick Owens
July 19, 2018

President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he accepts the US intelligence community's conclusion that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 American election, but it is unclear if his mea culpa will be enough to assuage frustrated lawmakers.

"The full faith and support for America's intelligence agencies - I have a full faith in our intelligence agencies", Trump said in remarks preceding a meeting with House of Representatives Republicans about possible future tax cuts. "There was no collusion at all".

In a jaw-dropping explanation, the US President claimed he misspoke when addressing allegations that Russian Federation had attempted to sway the 2016 US election in his favour.

"The Russians need to know that there are a lot of us who fully understand what happened in 2016, and it really better not happen again in 2018", McConnell said during a news conference.

"I accept our intelligence community's conclusion that Russia's meddling in the 2016 election took place".

'President Trump I just saw your press conference with President Putin, and it was embarrassing, ' Schwarzenegger said, addressing the president in a 45-second clip he posted to Twitter.

In January 2017, he suggested that he believed it was Russian Federation, but added that "I think we also get hacked by other countries and other people".

"My administration will repeal any attempt to interfere in our elections", he said.

Trump backers, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker, and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich have criticized his performance.

Asked by Reuters' Jeff Mason on Monday whether he held Russia accountable for anything, Trump stunned observers when he said he held "both countries responsible" for the deterioration in US-Russia relations. Add Donald Trump as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Donald Trump news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

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If you are inclined to support President Trump but were anxious about his comments, boom.

"In so many words, Trump gave the answer: Putin", summarized NPR's Ron Elving.

Republicans appear to have avoided advocating for any such direct action, as the New York Times noted Tuesday, and many simply affirmed their confidence in us intelligence and their skepticism toward Russian Federation rather than criticize Trump directly.

"If we do not do something, eventually this will result in the complete devaluation of Russia's nuclear potential", he said.

"My people came to me - Dan Coats came to me and some others - they said they think it's Russian Federation". A Trump nominee, Coats, did not even wait for the president's return. He thanked Senator Rand Paul, one of the few prominent Republicans who have defended his performance at Monday's remarkable 46-minute joint news conference.

Mr Trump has come under fire in the days since the Helsinki summit, with even Republicans usually supportive of Mr Trump's policies piling on the pressure.

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

Back at the White House, Paul's comments drew a presidential tweet of gratitude. The media only says I was rude to leaders, never mentions the money'.

Trump also said Mueller's probe was a "disaster" that has kept the two Cold War adversaries "separated". However, other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders disputed Trump's assertions.

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