Trump blames 'double negative' for furor over Putin meeting

"We hope that [Mr] Trump will have enough political will and patience to overcome the resistance and continue dialogue with Russian Federation".

On Tuesday, the president appeared to walk back the questionable comments he made at the summit where he appeared to believe Putin's word over the assessment from USA intelligence agencies that the Russian government meddled in the US election.

From Fox News, to Congress, and Right wing media websites, the Republicans were in unison against Trump's friendly overture to Putin.

Texas Congressman and Intelligence Committee member Will Hurd said, "I've seen the Russian intelligence and, you know, manipulate many people in my career, and I never would have thought the USA president would be one of them".

"We got along well which truly bothered many haters who wanted to see a boxing match", Trump wrote.

For his part, Trump said nuclear proliferation was "one of the most critical challenges facing humanity" while lauding his own role in bringing North Korea to the table. But he gave no details on how and when that might happen.

"The president was flat out wrong", Michael Morell, former deputy and acting director of the Central Intelligence Agency said about Trump's remarks after the Cabinet meeting.

Trump faced fiercer criticism from US lawmakers - including some Republicans - who said he failed to hold Putin accountable for Russian actions such as what U.S intelligence agencies said was a campaign of interference in the 2016 USA election.

Indeed, Trump told reporters at the White House Tuesday that he had simply misspoken during the press conference in Helsinki when he said: "President Putin says it's not Russian Federation".

Either someone played a prank on President Donald Trump or Mother Nature had an ironic sense of timing Tuesday when the lights went out at an inopportune time for him Tuesday afternoon. And the scripted cleanup pertained only to the least defensible of his comments.

After all, Trump has been doing all of Putin's bidding, from an American perspective, believing Putin over United States intelligence and refusing to sell Ukraine weapons even though Trump has been begging America's allies to buy more arms to keep American factories - and their workers - busy.

"The attention of the whole world is focussed today on Helsinki and it's crystal clear to everyone: the fate of the world is being decided between Russian Federation and the United States, the leaders of the two major powers of our planet are meeting", Pushkov said in a Twitter post on Monday.

Co-host Ainsley Earhardt felt confident that Trump had seen the indictments last week of 12 Russians for election hacking and agreed with the grand jury's conclusion, and she said the president's critics looked silly for thinking otherwise. "Lots of other people out there". "There was no collusion at all". Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell told reporters Tuesday that contrary to Trump's earlier statements that Europe is one of USA "foes", allies in the European Union are US "friends" while "the Russians are not".

"The European countries are our friends, and the Russians are not", McConnell declared.

"This, apparently, intelligence services", commented trump.

It was a stunning comment from an American president - one that he partially tried to walk back 24 hours later by blaming a grammatical glitch.

By dusk, hundreds of activists, led by attorney Michael Avenatti and actress Alyssa Milano, staged a protest near the White House, with chants of "traitor!" echoing along Pennsylvania Avenue. But this reference to diplomatic success carried an edge, too, since the barrage of criticism and insults he delivered in Brussels and London was hardly well-received.

The Republican president claimed his meeting with Putin - who he seemed to warmly embrace, triggering outrage in Washington - could prove "an even greater success" than his one last week with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. "He has said that a number of times".

After his remarks, the White House released a fact sheet on how the USA is "standing up to Russia's malign activities" - a clear bid to counter the notion that Trump had been soft on Putin. And it's because of this that he says we should get along. "If that wasn't the work of God and [special counsel] Robert Mueller, I don't know what is", Kimmel said. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland to slap Russian Federation or other countries with sanctions if they're caught purchasing election ads, using social media to spread false information or disrupting election infrastructure. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., to deter future Russian interference by ordering sanctions against countries if they do.

After playing a clip of Trump's reaction to the lighting failure, Kimmel said it appeared to be a sign from God.

Republican Senator Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said congressional leaders were searching for the most effective response. But I'm telling you today, I trust US intelligence.

But minority Democrats have few tools to enforce anything.

Lawmakers from both parties have been sounding the alarm over fresh interference by Russian Federation as they push to fortify USA election infrastructure ahead of the midterm elections. But even that largely symbolic measure was blocked party-line by Republicans. "Always have", Trump said while reading from prepared remarks.

Pomeranz said the damage Trump did by describing the a foe and lecturing his North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies was significant.