Published: Fri, July 20, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Kimmel rips Trump's 'clarification ceremony' about Russian Federation meddling comments

Kimmel rips Trump's 'clarification ceremony' about Russian Federation meddling comments

He added: "We got along well which truly bothered many haters who wanted to see a boxing match". "Big results will come!"

Earlier Tuesday, the President had offered a defiant rebuke of his critics, writing on Twitter: "While I had a great meeting with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, raising vast amounts of money, I had an even better meeting with Vladimir Putin of Russian Federation".

"I accept our intelligence community's conclusion that Russia's meddling in the 2016 election took place", Trump said. Then he added, "It could be other people also". He therefore Tweeted a statement in which he renewed his confidence in America's intelligence agencies, this time arguing that America and Russian Federation should forget the past and get along, because they are both nuclear powers, an explanation that did not help calm down the storm against him.

Former president Barack Obama appeared to allude to his successor in a speech in South Africa on Tuesday, blasting "strongman politics" - without naming Trump.

Trump was speaking at the start of a meeting with lawmakers in the Cabinet Room of the White House. He said: "In a key sentence in my remarks, I said the word "would" instead of "wouldn't". Trump says that what he meant to say was he didn't see any reason why it "wouldn't" be Russian Federation who meddled in our election.

He cited US sanctions and the expulsion of alleged Russian spies from the USA, telling reporters that Putin "understands it, and he's not happy about it".

Besides the tariffs, the United States has threatened European companies with huge fines if they continue to operate in Iran, after Trump reimposed far-reaching sanctions while pulling out of the landmark 2015 deal on curbing Tehran's nuclear programme.

Insisting he had won the race fair and square, Trump said Monday: "I have President Putin, he just said it is not Russian Federation".

TRUMP: My people came to me. they said they think it's Russian Federation.

The president's tweets did not address the reason the meeting triggered such a furor: Trump's suggestion that he believed Putin's denials of Russian election interference over the conclusions of US intelligence officials who have pursued criminal charges against Russian nationals. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., that would slap new sanctions on Russian Federation or any other country caught posting ads, running fake news or otherwise interfering with election infrastructure.

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Trump made the remarks on Twitter on July 18, as he continued to face sharp criticism from USA lawmakers and others who denounced his statements at a news conference with Putin after the meeting in Helsinki.

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 from what he had hoped would be a proud summit with Putin. I'm ashamed of it.

"There's a possibility that we may well take up legislation related to this", said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., pointing to a bill from Sens. "Can you imagine if President Kennedy believed Khrushchev when he said there were no missiles in Cuba?"

Scott stopped short of criticizing Trump by name, mindful of the president's high standing among Republicans in Florida. The channel's anchors, analysts and pundits were clear: Putin is an enemy, not an ally, and USA presidents should never pick sides with foreigners against Americans.

Schumer also urged the Senate to take up legislation to boost security for US elections and to revive a measure passed earlier by the Judiciary Committee to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election interference. "Our response to the debasement of American interests before a foreign adversary demands a response not just in word but in deed", Schumer said. "There was no collusion at all, and people have seen that, and they've seen that strongly".

"In the meantime", McConnell said, "I think the Russians need to know that there are a lot of us who fully understand what happened in 2016, and it really better not happen again in 2018". A day earlier, Trump said the two leaders made progress on issues related to Syria. Pompeo is to publicly testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on July 25.

The statement came after some nudging from his senior team, including national security adviser John Bolton, Chief of Staff John Kelly, Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, according to the two people familiar with the process.

That rhetoric marked a turnabout from Trump's first, upbeat description of his sit-down with Putin.

While Congress has approved, nearly unanimously and with votes from both Republicans and Democrats, new sets of sanctions on Russia, Trump has tried to veto them, and when the vote came veto-proof to his desk, Trump chose not to impose any of the sanctions that Congress had recommended.

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