President Trump attempts to walk back comments made during Trump- Putin summit
By: Eileen Roberts, Xiro Xone News July 17, 2018 Updated: 2:21 PM PT
President Donald Trump attempted to walk back his comments made during his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin which has sparked a barrage of criticism over his stance on Russia.
On Tuesday, during a cabinet meeting with members of Congress, the President said, "I accept our intelligence community's conclusion that meddling took place," Trump said reading from remarks which came more than a day after he questioned their findings. He added that it "could be other people also. There's a lot of people out there."
The President continued reading from prepared remarks with a handwritten note in black marker which read: "There was no collusion."
“The sentence should have been, ‘I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t be Russia,’ sort of a double negative,” Trump said. “So you can put that in, and I think that probably clarifies things pretty good.
During the press conference in Helsinki, Finnland with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Trump said he didn't "see any reason" why Russia would be responsible for the hacking of the election.
Those comments drew bipartisan criticism to the President for being soft on Russia as he appeared to side with the Russian President in backing Russia's claim that it did not interfere in the 2016 presidential election.
The President also did not walk back or explain his comments on the F.B.I. and the Justice Department for investigating his campaign’s ties to Russia.
Many political analysts say the Presidents comments about Russia may have an impact on the November midterm elections.