U.S. spy chief reacts after THAT awkward response to Trump's Putin invite

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He termed evidence of those efforts "overwhelming" and said Trump "needs to say that and act like it". John McCain, R-Ariz., for example, called Trump's performance one of the most disgraceful by a USA president in memory.

The day after, Trump was back in Washington and said he does accept the intelligence community's conclusion, but added: "It could be other people also - there's a lot of people out there".

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats had laughed in surprise, saying, "That's going to be special". "If he had asked me how that ought to be conducted, I would have suggested a different way".

He tweeted Monday as criticism of his comments started to emerge, stating his confidence in USA intelligence, but also pushed the necessity for a close working relationship with Russian Federation. "Russian Federation is dictating the public perception - the global public perception of what transpired in that meeting, and we have no basis for countering it".

President Trump branded the Helsinki summit a "great success" and expressed his excitement for a second meeting with the Russian leader. Trump, in his press conference comments, also gave credence to Putin's denials of Russian efforts to subvert USA politics and did not stand up the contrary findings of his administration's top intelligence officials.

"My people came to me - [U.S. Director of National Intelligence] Dan Coats came to me and some others - and they said they think it's Russian Federation". I'll give you credit for that Mr. President, but it's not working.

Given the amount of evidence against Russia, Gowdy said not just Democrats, but every American, was a victim of Russia's cyberattacks in 2016. "In a key sentence in my remarks, I said the word "would" instead of "wouldn't, '" Trump told the cameras during a meeting with members of Congress in the Roosevelt Room".

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"The sentence should have been: 'I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be Russian Federation, '" he said.

"No, I don't think the United States should be blamed", she replied.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) warned that President Donald Trump is "confused" by the difference between allegation his campaign colluded with Russia, and Russian meddling in the U.S. election.

The two leaders met for a conference in Helsinki on July 16 to talk about a broad range of topics.

"You must come prepared", Rice said.

"There is no way you can listen to the evidence and not conclude, not that the Democrats were the victims, but the United States of America were the victims". On both questions, those who say they "strongly disapprove" of Trump's performance outnumber those who say they "strongly approve" by better than 2 to 1. "That kind of language is ridiculous".

The week only worse for the president, his staff, and his party after that, though it's still not clear Trump understands why, just like it's not clear how he could have possibly expected to avoid such an inevitable line of questioning in Helsinki, something his beleaguered aides surely tried to prepare him for ahead of time.

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