US President Donald Trump believes Moscow will work hard to sway November congressional elections towards Democrats and not his fellow Republicans, despite US intelligence agencies' conclusion that Russian Federation tried to put Mr Trump in the White House in 2016.
McConnell declined to back up a tweet Trump sent Tuesday suggesting any potential Russian interference in the fall midterm elections would be created to favor Democrats.
Trump interjected during the press conference with a less than ironclad denial: "And I have to say if they had it, it would have been out long ago, ' the president said".
U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-Spartanburg, made the comment on Fox News Sunday, telling guest host Bret Baier that Trump has access to "every bit of evidence" needed to convince him of Russian attempts to influence the 2016 presidential election.
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But its hopes of a gradual thaw in troubled U.S. -Russia relations now hang in the balance after Trump faced a squall of criticism at home over his failure to publicly confront Putin over Moscow's meddling in the 2016 election, something Russian Federation denies.
The issue of election meddling hung over last week's summit in Helsinki, with Trump during a news conference giving credence to Putin's denials of Russian interference despite the findings of the us intelligence community. "Because he talked about bringing the US-Russia relationship back to normal", Putin said when asked whether he had wanted Trump to win the 2016 election. He states often that Russian meddling in USA elections is fake news.
It wasn't immediately clear whether Trump's warning reflected an intelligence briefing he has received about actual Russian activity or whether he was simply "trolling people", as House Speaker Paul Ryan put it on Tuesday.
He said he had told Mr Putin the United States would not tolerate any future interference in its elections.
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Trump also has been under pressure from lawmakers representing rural parts of the country to back away from imposing tariffs. He notes that countries "that have treated us unfairly on trade for years" are coming to Washington to negotiate.
Despite the furore Trump said he was looking forward to hosting Putin in Washington and the White House said such a meeting may come this autumn. Trump has said there was no collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation.
"My admittedly awkward response was in no way meant to be disrespectful or criticise the actions of the President", he said on Saturday. At a press conference in Helsinki last week, President Putin told the world that he wanted Trump to win, saying, "Yes, I did, because he was the one who wanted to normalize relations with Russian Federation".
While some of America's present or former officials and politicians view Moscow's kompromat as the reason behind Trump's baffling press conference, China, with which the Trump administration is engaged in an all-out trade war, apparently has a different explanation. "We have November. I think we should be absolutely prepared to assume that they will try to interfere in all 50 states".
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