The two leaders held two hours of closed-door talks with no one else present but the interpreters.
"The sentence should have been: "I don't see any reason why I wouldn't" or "why it wouldn't be Russia".
He didn't reverse other statements in which he gave clear credence to Putin's "extremely strong and powerful" denial of Russian involvement, raised doubts about his own intelligence agencies' conclusions and advanced discredited conspiracy theories about election meddling. I will say this.
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The protests came as a direct response to Trump's actions during a joint press conference with Putin in Finland. House Speaker and cautious Trump supporter Paul Ryan offered more measured criticism.
The president argued that "many people at the higher ends of intelligence" supported his stance on Russian Federation at the press conference and called out "haters" who are upset that the two leaders got along. Sanders also said the White House believes the Russian threat to target American elections "still exists".
He clarified his position the following day in a major u-turn by stating he did support the USA intelligence agencies after a public backlash.
"I'd accept that. He's an expert".
HORSLEY: Dan Coats, the director of National Intelligence, said just a few days ago that the warning lights for such an attack are blinking red.
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She surprised herself when she threw Cherwinkski, who weighs 175 pounds according to the police report, to the ground. Holden said all women should feel empowered to do exactly what she did. "I was like, no, youre not going anywhere".
Just like I consider myself to be responsible for things that happen in the USA, he said.
And several billboards have gone up around the country calling for Trump's impeachment, including some just miles away from his Mar-a-Lago country club in Palm Beach, Florida.
McFaul, who served as ambassador to Russia under President Barack Obama, has been cited by Russian media as a "person of interest" in an ongoing investigation into Browder.
HORSLEY: Ailsa, I have to tell you there was considerable skepticism in the briefing room about that explanation. And, on a lighter note (we guess?), Trump made things delightfully more awkward after tossing a soccer ball Putin gifted him into the lap of his wife, Melania. It would allow Special Counsel Robert Mueller's prosecutors to question alleged Russian intelligence agents accused of hacking Democrat emails, but would also give Russian prosecutors access to United States officials allegedly involved with oligarch Bill Browder's tax crimes - notably, former U.S. ambassador to Moscow, Michael McFaul.
Hall, who is also a CNN analyst, expressed his concerns in an op-ed about the Trump-Putin summit before the meeting happened.
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In a possible dig at Trump's erratic presidency, Putin touted Russia's "consistent, responsible, independent foreign policy". At his joint news conference with Putin, Trump said they discussed Syria "at length" but was vague about the outcome.