Republican base overwhelmingly supports Donald Trump's comments at Helsinki summit

US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin merge in Time's latest cover image

TIME US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin merge in Time's latest cover image

The chilling cover accompanies an article titled, "Trump wanted a summit with Putin".

It comes after Putin suggested at the Helsinki summit that he would let United States investigators be present for questioning of 12 Russian intelligence officers charged last Friday on allegations they carried out cyber attacks to interfere in the 2016 USA election if Russians could do the same in America for people connected to money manager Bill Browder, a one-time investor in Russia.

Russian officials have singled out McFaul, the USA ambassador to Russia from 2012-14, and fellow Kremlin critic Bill Browder.

That didn't explain why Trump, who had tweeted a half-dozen times and sat for two television interviews since the Putin news conference, waited so long to correct his remarks.

"It is a proposal that was made in sincerity by President Putin, but President Trump disagrees with it", White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said on Thursday.

The Republican president accused the media of distorting comments in which he gave credence to Putin's denials of election interference despite the conclusions of the American intelligence community about Moscow's conduct. "He needs to be contained, not engaged", Browder said.

"Well, I think it could have been Russian Federation, and it could have been other people in other countries".

President Donald Trump is taking a tougher tone on Russian Federation.

The comments were some of the most extensive to date by Putin about the Russian view about whether a "deep state" of national security elites dominates USA politics and is conspiring to thwart Trump.

Mr Trump tweeted Thursday that his critics in the media "are pushing so recklessly hard and hate the fact that I'll probably have a good relationship with Putin".

Confusion over Mr Trump's position took another turn when he appeared to reject suggestions that Russian Federation might try again to influence American elections, prompting a hasty denial by the White House. Trump adds that "We are doing MUCH better than any other country!"

US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin at their controversial joint press conference after their
Trump's 'no' about Russian interference requires more clarification

That's a change from Trump's initial upbeat description of his meeting with Russia's president.

The White House response comes after nearly 24 hours of criticism from Democrats, Republicans and former diplomats that added to the hailstorm of criticism Trump has received over his meeting with Putin in Helsinki earlier this week. Browder has said he helped expose corruption in Russian Federation.

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

Democrats argue that because she was the only other American official present in the room, Ms Gross can and should provide details of what the two presidents said to each other.

However, he said "powerful" United States forces were trying to sabotage what the summit had achieved.

Putin, speaking to Russian diplomats from around the world assembled in Moscow, said on Thursday the Helsinki summit had been successful.

Trump has refined and sharpened his presentation since Helsinki. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., to slap new sanctions on Russian Federation or any other country caught posting ads, running fake news or otherwise interfering with election infrastructure. Ms Sanders said Mr Trump believes the threat from Russian Federation to undermine those elections still exists.

Those same forces appeared ready to sacrifice hundreds of thousands of U.S. jobs and hurt USA business and security while waging their divisive political battle, Mr Putin said.

Investigations into the alleged interference, denied by Russia, continue and last week the United States justice department charged 12 Russian intelligence officers with hacking Democratic officials in 2016.

In the House, Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi staged a vote in support of the intelligence committee's findings that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election.

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