Late previous year, when questioned about how the GOP tax legislation would affect the president, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the returns would not be released because they were "still under audit". "So, certainly as the leader of a country you would have to hold him responsible, yes", Trump said.
"No, you don't believe that to be the case?" the reporter asked over the din.
Amid bipartisan condemnation of Trump's embrace of a longtime US enemy in Helsinki, the USA president delivered a rare admission of error Tuesday. "And here we are almost two decades later, and I'm here to say, the warning lights are blinking red again". The president also answered questions after saying "no".
"Trump, who at the summit appeared to put equal weight in Putin's denial of involvement in the 2016 election with the findings of his intelligence agencies that Russian Federation did interfere in the election, pronounced the summit a huge success and said he was looking forward to meeting Putin again".
As White House aides struggled to contain President Trump's repeated contradictory statements and walk-backs about the threat posed by Russia, Republicans' hopes that the president could stick to a strong message condemning Russia and supporting US intelligence agencies are fading. Loudest was one was a reporter asking, "Is Russia still targeting the U.S., Mr. President?"
Putin and Trump first held talks on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, on July 7, 2017. "In a key sentence in my remarks I said the word "would" instead of "wouldn't", Trump said in an extraordinary postcript to the Helsinki conference on Tuesday.
"Trump wants to be told he's the greatest, so that's what you tell him, over and over again, until he comes to believe that is the motivation for his actions".
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the president did was not replying to a reporter's question about whether he believes Russian Federation is still targeting the United States and its elections.More news: Trump says he doesn't think Russian Federation is still targeting U.S
Former intelligence officials say Coats is just speaking truth to power, a mantra often used in describing the intelligence agencies' historical relationship with any president. "And then, all of a sudden, he's gone haywire because they got to him and they probably- got him to say things that maybe he doesn't even mean". "TIME's new cover: Trump wanted a summit with Putin".
Newt Gingrich, a staunch Republican ally whose wife Clarissa Gingrich is Trump's ambassador to the Vatican, called the Helsinki news conference the "most serious mistake" of the Trump presidency. He also sounded the alarm about potential attacks on United States infrastructure and the financial system.
In the House, Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi staged a vote in support of the intelligence committee's findings that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election.
His attempt to clarify what he said in Helsinki is being widely dismissed, even mocked, by many in mainstream media land.
President Trump called the proposal from Putin "an interesting idea", and "an incredible offer".
"In fact, it's galling really because having seen the evidence, especially that I've seen, there's no investigative benefit to that", Bossert said.