Trump walks back from Putin summit remarks, says he 'misspoke'

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Calling NATO the most significant military alliance in history, McConnell said Russia was not "our friend", adding, "I think the Russians need to know that there are a lot of us that fully understand what happened in 2016, and that it really better not happen again".

In the United States, the New York Post went with a headline of "See No Evil" with "Prez gives big Bear hug to wicked BFF Vlad, jabs U.S. intel", at the top of the page.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said in a statement that "there is no question that Russian Federation interfered in our election and continues attempts to undermine democracy here and around the world".

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., told reporters Tuesday that Russian Federation "did meddle with our elections" and said he would consider further sanctions against Moscow. "We have been clear in our assessments of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and their ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy, and we will continue to provide unvarnished and objective intelligence in support of our national security".

Trump said at the press conference after his summit with Putin that his Russian counterpart has denied Russia attempted to influence the USA presidential elections two years ago. I will say this: "I don't see any reason why it would be".

The special counsel's continuing Russia investigation has laid out a detailed trail of attempts and successes by Russians to steal Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton campaign communications and to leak embarrassing emails and documents.

Even many Republicans have criticized Mr. Trump's performance Monday, when he appeared to side with Putin over his own intelligence agencies on the subject of Russian election meddling.

Mr Trump is meeting with members of Congress, with many of them having joined the chorus of condemnation. Any statement by Vladimir Putin contrary to these facts is a lie and should be recognized as one by the president. The tabloid New York Post front-page headline said, "See No Evil: Prez gives big Bear hug to wicked BFF Vlad, jabs U.S. intel".

"Politics aside", the Democrat said on Twitter, "This is 100% un-American".

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"Is it possible that Vladimir Putin brought a hypnotist to that meeting instead of a translator?"

Putin, speaking through an interpreter, once again denied what he described as "so-called interference of Russian Federation".

"I've said this many times", Trump said, reading from a written statement. "This is truly the Trump derangement syndrome that motivates all of this".

"Both Russia and the United States are permanent members of the UN Security Council and major countries with important worldwide influence, and they shoulder important responsibilities for global peace and security", Hua said. I think that we have all been foolish.

He added, "I would rather take a political risk in pursuit of peace, than to risk peace in pursuit of politics".

She said China welcomed the meeting between the heads of state of Russian Federation and the United States.

Trump's embrace of Putin came on the last day of a weeklong European trip in which he berated North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies over their defense spending and undercut British Prime Minister Theresa May in the tabloids. There was no indication, however, that any of Trump's key aides planned to quit.

House Speaker Paul Ryan talks with reporters Tuesday. "He's got to reverse course immediately". "We ran a brilliant campaign and that's why I'm president", he said. "But there's no question in my mind that Putin was responsible" for interfering in the election.