White House struggles to contain political outcry over Trump-Putin summit

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The White House struggled on Wednesday to contain a political outcry and confusion over U.S. President Donald Trump's summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, denying Trump ever meant to say that Moscow was no longer targeting the United States.

'They think it's Russia, ' Trump announced when asked whether he believed the findings of his own intelligence agencies that 12 Russian nationals had hacked into the emails of Democrats.

On Tuesday, Mr. Trump said he misspoke when he suggested otherwise in a widely criticized press conference Putin Monday in Helsinki. Even if he did mean to say, "I don't see a reason why it wouldn't be Russia", it is a pretty weak way to confront the head of a nation accused of targeting the heart of American democracy.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, who called Russia's government "menacing", said he would consider additional sanctions on Russian Federation and reiterated his support for USA intelligence findings that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election.

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Late last week at a Washington, D.C., think tank, Coats was even more blunt than he was in his statement Monday, according to CNBC. "The system is blinking" and that "today, the digital infrastructure that serves this country is literally under attack".

Trump is facing growing calls for impeachment after the Putin summit.

Mrs Trump shook hands with the Russian President during the highly-anticipated Helsinki Summit, where Mr Putin met with US President Donald Trump. Sanders repeated that Trump was not answering the question posed in the Cabinet meeting earlier, and said Vega didn't understand his response because she asked a follow-up question.

"I will begin by stating that I have full faith and support for America's great intelligence agencies, I always have", Mr. Trump said before a meeting with members of Congress on Tuesday. We never said "Just kidding". "I was in the room as well and I didn't take it the way you did". I want to focus on how we're going to ratchet down tensions.

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"Let's be very clear, just so everybody knows: Russian Federation did meddle with our elections", said House Speaker Paul Ryan, another steady Trump political ally.

USA intelligence officials have said Russia's efforts to undermine elections are continuing and now target the November 6 congressional races.

Reversing Trump is what happened the previous day, when the White House held an extraordinary Helsinki Presser Walk-Back. The sentence should've been, and I thought it would be maybe a little but unclear on the transcript ...

He also offered a twisted explanation of his assertion in Helsinki that he could not see "any reason" why Russian Federation would interfere, claiming he misspoke.

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Mrs Trump has often hit headlines for her behaviour in outings with her presidential husband, including moments when she had hit away Mr Trump's hand.

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