"My people came to me".
"I mean, that is so offensive, and so insane", he said.
"My money is on the latter two", they said.
"We stand by our North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies and all those countries who are facing Russian Federation aggression", Ryan said.
The reaction in the United States was swift.
On Tuesday afternoon, Donald Trump attempted to clean up the monumental mess he caused during his joint press conference with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, by reading prepared statement in the White House. Only one congressman, 5th District Republican Doug Lamborn, has been silent publicly. "I don't see any reason why it would be", Trump said.
On Tuesday, he offered a laborious explanation for his remarks, which triggered a firestorm, both among opposition Democrats and members of his own Republican Party.
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Republican senator Lindsey Graham said Trump's performance would send a message of "weakness" to Moscow."Missed opportunity by President Trump to firmly hold Russian Federation accountable for 2016 meddling and deliver a strong warning regarding future elections". Instead, he held a summit with no plan that only served to elevate Putin on the world stage.
During his state of the union address in March, Putin said that despite the treaty, the Unites States is "permitting constant, uncontrolled growth of the number of anti-ballistic missiles, improving their quality, and creating new missile launching areas".
In the meantime, a number of Senators are considering bringing a measure to the floor backing the US intelligence community. "Further, POTUS statements undermining Federal Bureau of Investigation and shifting blame for Russian misdeeds are outrageous".
Fellow GOP politicians have generally stuck with Trump during a year and a half of turmoil, but he was assailed as seldom before as he returned home Monday night from what he had hoped would be a proud summit with Putin. And spectacle there certainly was: NATO-bashing, humiliation of Theresa May, rudeness to the queen-even a balloon of a giant, diapered, angry baby Trump, holding a smart phone high above London.
"We need to stand with our allies and in strong opposition to the rising tide of fascism and extreme nationalism that, historically, always ends with death and suffering". "The president lays himself at Vladimir Putin's feet". Instead, he slammed the Democratic National Committee and suggested the Federal Bureau of Investigation was part of a conspiracy to undermine his election victory.
"Russia did meddle with our elections".
But even as Trump said he accepted USA intelligence agencies' conclusions that Russian Federation was behind the election hacking, he added, as he has before: "It could be other people also". "It is the most serious mistake of his presidency and must be corrected - immediately".
Standing next to Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on Monday, President Trump drew a large rhetorical equals sign between the assertions of American intelligence officials and claims presented by Putin.
Tonight he said "I accept" U.S. intelligence agencies' conclusions on Russian meddling. Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating that allegation and any possible collusion by Trump's campaign.
"To cast a desire to forge better relations with even our most intense adversaries as some kind of treason is not only legally and constitutionally ignorant, since treason is the aiding and abetting of an enemy at war - and we're not actually at war with Russian Federation - but also an incredibly unsafe thing to do in terms of the climate", he said.
It's the flip side to Trump's whataboutism: Just as Trump often seizes upon one little thing that Barack Obama or Clinton did to justify his more egregious actions, he leverages one tiny point of light to give his supporters the ability to see something other than shadows.
But by the next morning, the Trump normalization machine was already at work, with the president leading the way on Twitter. "What we intend to do is make sure they don't get away with it again and also to help our allies".
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