Trump OK'd disclosure of Russian indictments

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US President Donald Trump speaks to mediapersons as he meets with members of the Congress in the cabinet room of the White House on Tuesday

21 July, 2018

Trump made the remarks on Twitter on July 18, as he continued to face sharp criticism from US lawmakers and others who denounced his statements at a news conference with Putin after the meeting in Helsinki.

"It's sort of a hostage drama for most elected Republicans", he said.

Tweeted Trump: "So many people at the higher ends of intelligence loved my press conference performance in Helsinki".

U.S. President Donald Trump is promising that "big results" will eventually come from his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and says that Moscow "has agreed to help with North Korea".

Still, remember, the most important thing is that there was no collusion.

This was in direct contrast to the conclusions drawn by Trump's own intelligence agencies.

"Frankly, I don't think those US presidents at any point came off as not pursuing USA security interests, as being taken in by the Soviet leader they were meeting with", said Alina Polyakova, a foreign policy fellow at the Brookings Institution.

Not all Republicans were angry with Trump's conduct in Helsinki.

Mr Wilson said as things stand, Republicans will be sticking with Mr Trump as their 2020 presidential candidate despite their differences with their leader.

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"In a key sentence in my remarks, I said the word "would" instead of "wouldn't", Trump said.

"Let's be very clear, just so everybody knows: Russian Federation did meddle with our elections", said House Speaker Paul Ryan, another steady Trump political ally. The governor was a little more forceful Tuesday, telling reporters during a campaign stop in Orlando that he "completely" disagrees with the president. "I think we need to go a little further than that".

"We will stop it, we will repel it", Trump vowed.

It came as the fallout grew over what was dubbed Mr Trump's "surrender summit" and "treason summit".

President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that Russian Federation would help with North Korea and offered an enthusiastic update on the USA process of negotiating with the antagonistic Asian nation over nuclear weapons.

Standing on stage with the man accused of complicity in an attack on the very bedrock of American democracy, Trump said his intelligence people "think it's Russian Federation".

"The president's under the impression - and I don't know why, still - that if he says the Russians hacked, it makes his election look illegitimate", said Brian Kilmeade, another cohost of Trump's favorite cable-news show, "Fox & Friends".

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., talks to reporters.

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