Photos Show "There Was No Collusion" Scrawled on Trump's Remarks on Russia


The White House has struggled to contain the fallout from a news conference from Helsinki, in which Mr Trump, standing next to Mr Putin, said he "didn't see any reason" why Russian Federation would be involved in U.S. election meddling.

The interview came amid an ongoing outcry over Trump's meeting with Putin in Helsinki and the president's contradictory statements about whether he agrees with the conclusion of the US intelligence community that Russian Federation interfered with the election. It's a view held by few others in Washington, and a key reason Paul has nurtured a close relationship with the president and defended him from criticism after the Helsinki summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The remarks again appeared to contradict his top advisers on the threat posed by Russian Federation, just one day after he said he accepted the conclusion of USA intelligence officials on Moscow's interference in the 2016 presidential campaign. Those reports indicated Putin had ordered the complex cyberattacks to sway the election. An earlier version of this story said that Mr. Trump "denied" that Russian Federation was targeting the U.S. McFaul, who's at Stanford University, says he was amazed that Trump didn't push back.

On Tuesday, Mr Trump said he had reviewed the transcript and realised he needed to clarify.

Moscow has convicted Browder in absentia of massive tax fraud, and Putin said on Monday that some United States officials may have helped the oligarch take millions of dollars out of Russian Federation. If Celebrity Deathmatch was still a thing, we could enjoy watching the two elders fight each other for comical relief.

Democrats dismissed Trump's statement as political damage control.

"This has to be recognised for what it is, which is simply an effort to clean up the mess he made yesterday, which is beyond the capacity of any short statement to fix", said Mr Adam Schiff, the senior Democrat on the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee.

"So many people at the higher ends of intelligence loved my press conference performance in Helsinki", Trump tweeted.

Faced with outrage at home, Trump said Tuesday that he accepted the intelligence community's assessment that Russian Federation had meddled in the election. "When I'm with Putin, I say would because I am a coward", he yelled.

The leaders of Russia and the Untied States recognized at their meeting in Helsinki the need to restore strategic stability maintenance instruments, Russian ambassador to Washington Anatoly Antonov said Wednesday.

"We won't be able, as a nation, to fight back against foreign interference in our elections if the Commander in Chief doesn't even acknowledge that it's a real problem", Schumer said in a statement. US law enforcement agents, lawmakers and officials are also mentioned.

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Even before the allegations of Russian meddling, tensions were high over Moscow's concerns about North Atlantic Treaty Organisation expansion, Russian annexation of the Crimea peninsula from Ukraine in 2014 and its military backing of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the Syrian civil war.

Putin said US intelligence officers helped Browder.

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"It seemed to me, my impression was that the USA side listened ... with interest", Antonov said.

The photo was taken before Trump and Putin's almost two-hour one-on-one meeting, which was followed by a press conference.

Trump, facing uproar over his failure to confront Putin over Russia's 2016 USA election meddling, adopted his usual defiant posture two days after their Helsinki summit and called his critics deranged.

Trump has denied collusion and casts Mueller's probe as a witchhunt that aims to detract from his election victory.

Despite the controversy, Republican voters seem to be sticking by Mr Trump.

"Certainly, I can't have any confidence in the past but I can have a lot of confidence in the present and the future because it's getting to be how where we're putting our people in", Trump said.

Media captionTrump says he "misspoke" at Putin summit, but is it too late? You are the president of the United States, you shouldn't do that.

Tuesday night's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" took a more instructional approach, tapping "Sesame Street's" Grover to explain the difference between would and wouldn't in a scathing segment.