Trump touts success of Putin summit despite continuing criticism

What Dori would have said Tuesday if he were President Trump

But faced with outrage at home, and even allies demanding he reverse course, Trump - in an extraordinary postscript to the summit - sought to walk back his remarks.

Details of the actual meeting between Trump and Putin, however, were not available because there was only a translator in the room with them. "The sentence should have been, ´I don´t see any reason why it wouldn´t be Russia.´ Sort of a double negative", he added - offering a laborious clarification that he repeated several times over.

"We hope that, at some point, Iran will call us and we'll maybe make a new deal", Trump said, adding that Russian Federation has assured him of its support for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. "But for the most part I don't see very many other people making that comparison".

Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer was quick to pounce.

"Yesterday, President Trump handed global leadership and stature --free of charge-- to Vladimir Putin, a man who has spent his entire life working against the interests of the United States and who brutally suppresses and murders his own citizens", said Shaheen said in a statement.

The president - who regards the probe as an attack on his legitimacy - has dubbed it a "witch hunt", and again said Tuesday there were "no collusion at all". It is still not clear what the two men discussed or agreed to during their meeting. "I think we need to go a little further than that".

Former House speaker and longtime Trump ally Newt Gingrich put it bluntly.

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Fox News Channel weekend anchor Abby Huntsman, daughter of Trump's Ambassador to Russia, Jon Huntsman, tweeted: "No negotiation is worth throwing your own people and country under the bus".

By Tuesday afternoon when he faced the cameras, Trump had changed tack. This is far from the first time that Trump has, usually under considerable political pressure, acknowledged Russian Federation probably sought to interfere in the 2016 election only to go back on that claim in subsequent weeks or months. Those comments, delivered alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin at a summit press conference Monday, had prompted blistering, bipartisan criticism at home. "Will he finally take on Putin?"

Skeptics in Washington have rebutted such argument by saying that there is little incentive for Putin to join Trump in confronting Iran, since the U.S. president has already granted Moscow its demands.

Trump was widely criticized for comments he made after the sit-down Monday with Putin in Helsinki, Finland.

I wonder if he made the same mistakes, and used the wrong words, when he had his private meeting with Putin?

What he had said as he stood next to Putin Monday, in response to a question about whether he believed the US intelligence community or Putin was, "My people came to me - Dan Coats came to me and some others - they said they think it's Russian Federation".

In March, administration officials told ABC News that there is, in fact, a comprehensive effort to combat Russian meddling, and, more broadly, foreign interference in our election systems, but offered few specifics, noting that some of the information is classified.

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