On Tuesday Trump tried to walk back comments that he believed Russian President Vladimir Putin over American intelligence chiefs on Russian interference in the 2016 election, saying that he had misspoken a day earlier after a summit meeting with Putin in Helsinki.
Facing widespread backlash, President Donald Trump backpedals from remarks made during Helsinki summit in which he appeared to side with Russian president's denials of interfering in the 2016 United States election.
"In a key sentence in my remarks, I said the word "would" instead of "wouldn't", Mr. Trump said, speaking at the White House ahead of a meeting with Republican lawmakers. "Creating safety for Israel is something that both President Putin and I would like to see very much".
Trump openly questioned his own intelligence agencies' finding that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 USA election, drawing a howl of protest.
Republicans and Democrats accused him of siding with an adversary rather than his own country.
But while the USA leader expressed his "full faith and support for America's great intelligence agencies", he insisted that "Russia's actions had no impact at all on the outcome of the election".
On Tuesday, Trump said he misspoke at a Helsinki news conference with Putin and that he accepted intelligence agency conclusions about Russian meddling, although he hedged by deviating from his prepared notes to say "it could be other people also".
Earlier on Tuesday, US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the chamber could consider new sanctions against Russian Federation and warned Russian Federation not to meddle in the US midterm elections in November.
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In the House, Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi planned a vote Tuesday in support of the intelligence committee's findings that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election.
Congress almost unanimously passed a sanctions law a year ago targeting Moscow for election meddling and for its actions in Ukraine and Syria. And it came at the end of an extraordinary trip to Europe in which Trump had already berated allies, questioned the value of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance and demeaned leaders including Germany's Angela Merkel and Britain's Theresa May.
"We're trying to figure out what would be an appropriate way to push back", Corker told reporters. "But I think on the foreign policy piece, there's significant concerns and have been, and you're finally seeing people speak out forcefully".
Presidents Trump and Putin met briefly at the November 2017 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting in Danang, Vietnam.
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"I said: 'What's going on?" Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating that allegation and any possible collusion by Trump's campaign.
Trump, who spent more than two hours with the Kremlin leader behind closed doors, also tweeted Tuesday that his summit went "even better" than his meeting with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders in Brussels last week.
The summit capped a tumultuous trip during which Trump accused North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies of failing to spend enough on their militaries and embarrassed May by saying she had refused to take his advice about how to negotiate Britain's exit from the EU.