Under unrelenting pressure from congressional Republicans, his own advisers, and his allies on Fox News, President Trump abruptly reversed course on Tuesday and contended he had misspoken during a news conference with President Vladimir Putin about whether Russian Federation tried to influence the 2016 presidential election.
One day later, he insisted, reading from a script, "I have full faith and support for America's great intelligence agencies".
After recapping President Donald Trump's "clarification ceremony" on Tuesday, Jimmy Kimmel said there was only one logical explanation for the president's recent behavior: He's "a liar, and not even a good one". "I will say this, I don't see any reason why it would be". Could be other people also.
For all the noise from congressional Republicans, there is little sign they will take meaningful steps to constrain President Trump such as holding up his nominees to the courts or senior administration positions, stalling legislation or starting new hearings into the Trump campaign's connections with Russian Federation.
It is no secret that the president has desired to foster a relationship with Putin as a step to resolving problematic issues worldwide.
Trump actively prefers summits with America's traditional enemies, Russian Federation and before that North Korea, than conversation with the countries that count as the US' allies.
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However, the lawmaker said, the president won't say any of that, so "I don't think he should be meeting with Vladimir Putin".
The Democratic Party's biggest financiers are reportedly pushing Warner, who is known on Capitol Hill as a moderate, to run for president in 2020.
That tweet came before the "CBS Evening News" broadcast an interview with Trump in which he cast doubt on Coats' recent warning that the nation is susceptible to a large-scale cybersecurity attack.
Plenty of USA presidents have created commotion in their travels overseas, but none as much as President Donald Trump.
Albright criticized the way Trump treated USA allies last week at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit and the praise he gave Putin after their meeting in Helsinki.
And while Trump's tried-and-true base will stick by him, most voters won't easily forget watching the president get his hat handed to him by none other than Vladimir Putin, the former KGB agent and now head of the Evil Empire.
"You know, Russian Federation and the United States control 90% of the nuclear weapons in the world and getting along with Russian Federation - and not only for that reason - it's a good thing, not a bad thing", he said.
Trump's praise for Putin highlights the gap between the president and the rest of his administration when it comes to Russian Federation, a divide that has left European allies scratching their heads. I think, in Russian Federation, they wouldn't be gone so easily.
Pomeranz said Trump had done himself political damage by suggesting both sides were to blame for the Russian Federation probe that has hurt US relations with Moscow - just as Trump did when he blamed both sides when responding to violent white supremacist protests in Charlottesville, Virginia.