Pelosi says Putin should not address Congress

Pelosi says Putin should not address Congress

Pelosi says Putin should not address Congress

At a post-summit news conference in Helsinki that generated a political crisis for Trump, the president said Putin was "strong" in denying Russian election interference, and he seemed to take Putin's word over that of USA intelligence officials who are pursuing criminal charges against Russian operatives.

The announcement comes as Trump faces severe backlash for his flip-flopping this week as to whether he believes Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 presidential election.

"If she can't state unequivocally that neo-Nazis and white supremacists are a threat to the American people, we must question her judgment".

It wasn't until more than 24 hours after the press conference that Trump took back his initial remarks, blaming a grammatical glitch as he read from a prepared statement: "The sentence should have been: I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be Russian Federation". He just said it's not Russian Federation. "We discussed lots of great things for both countries, frankly".

Five days after the Helsinki meeting, some US officials remained in the dark about what the leaders discussed in their two-hour, one-on-one session with only interpreters present.

Putin had both criticism and praise for Trump in a broad speech about Russian foreign policy.

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She said there is no question in the intelligence community or at the Department of Homeland Security she heads that Russian Federation attempted to infiltrate and interfere with the US electoral system.

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President Donald Trump this week has struggled to quiet an uproar over his failure to confront Russian President Vladimir Putin over Moscow's meddling when the two leaders met in Helsinki on Monday.

In May, she said she was unaware of intelligence assessments concluding that the Kremlin was clearly playing favorites.

As American officials groped for information about the meeting, Moscow offered snippets of its version on Friday.

"The sentence should have been: I don't see any reason why I wouldn't - or why it wouldn't be Russian Federation", the president said Tuesday before a meeting with Republican members of Congress.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment. He did not spell out what they were.

The back-and-forth came as the White House outlined the agenda for a proposed second summit between Trump and Putin - in Washington this fall - that would focus on national security.

President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump discussed a possible referendum in separatist-leaning eastern Ukraine during their Helsinki summit earlier this week, Russia's ambassador to the U.S. said Friday.

Trump claimed he misspoke in Helsinki Monday when he said he didn't "see any reason why [Russia] would" be responsible for election interference and cyberattacks. The official did not specify if that meant Russia's interference in US elections.

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was questioned at a conference on Thursday about her views on while nationalist threats to the United States, particularly the Charlottesville, Virginia rally that occurred a year ago.

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