Asked if he agreed with former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan's characterization of the president's actions as "treasonous", he said: "I do not". "As an American who remembers doing duck and cover drills in school and the terror of the Cold War, I was appalled to see our president call America's foreign policy "stupid" and 'foolish, ' and even more disturbed that he will not accept that Russian Federation launched a coordinated cyberattack on our country". "Sort of a double negative".
When asked about election meddling during a joint news conference with Putin Monday, Trump said "President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today", adding that "President Putin says it's not Russian Federation".
The admission came in the White House Cabinet Room, where Trump was sitting with lawmakers for an otherwise unrelated meeting.
But he again repeated his claim that there was no collusion between his presidential campaign and Russian Federation and suggested that others may have interfered in the election.
Trump, who had been given numerous opportunities to publicly rebuke Putin in Helsinki, praised the Russian leader during the news conference for his "strong and powerful" denial of the conclusions of US intelligence agencies that the Russian state meddled in the election.
'As I said today and many times before, 'I have GREAT confidence in MY intelligence people.' However, I also recognize that in order to build a brighter future, we can not exclusively focus on the past - as the world's two largest nuclear powers, we must get along!
The prime minister says Canada is also committed to standing with eastern European nations like Latvia, where he recently visited 450 Canadians troops leading a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation battle group whose task is to protect against a Russian invasion. "A lot of people out there".
As he weathered heavy criticism on Tuesday for fawning over the strongman who the US intelligence community says was behind 2016 hacking, Trump declared victory in his Helsinki and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summits.
Colbert, meanwhile, dedicated the first two segments of Monday's Late Show to the summit meeting, drawing attention to the intense backlash Trump received from fellow Republicans. The leading House Democrat calls it "a sad day for America".
Top national security officials had huddled in the White House Situation Room on Tuesday to develop a response to the fallout.
McConnell did not respond when asked if he was disappointed in Trump's remarks.
But will Mr Trump be in a position to deliver? Pingree says the President's comments undercut the intelligence agencies, which he says he supports.
"That must be the intelligence agencies", he quipped.
He continued: "If you're wondering whether or not Vladimir Putin has an incriminating video of Donald Trump, we now know, beyond a treasonable doubt, that he does". "They were the people that conducted this cyberattack on our elections", he told reporters at a Capitol Hill news conference.
Brennan expressed total disbelief at Trump's news conference.
"Denials from liars usually are strong and powerful", The Wall Street Journal said.
Among the strongest rebukes of the president's performance came from close ally Newt Gingrich, who called for Trump to immediately correct what he characterized as the "the most serious mistake of his presidency".
The special counsel investigating potential coordination between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin on Friday charged a dozen Russian military intelligence officers with hacking the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign and then releasing the stolen communications online as part of a sweeping conspiracy to meddle in the election. "We could find common ground to turn the screws on Russian Federation", he said. He walked off stage in Helsinki with little inkling his remarks would cause the firestorm they did, and was instead enthusiastic about what he felt was a successful summit. Predictably, the President was upset when he saw negative coverage of the summit airing on television aboard Air Force One.
He vented to aides traveling with him, including new communications chief Bill Shine and policy aide Stephen Miller.
"I've been clear from day one", Ryan said.