Andy Harris praises Trump's Russian Federation summit, bashes press

Donald Trump the US president at his summit with Vladimir Putin

Donald Trump the US president at his summit with Vladimir Putin Credit Chris McGrath Getty Images

It was after that meeting that Trump emerged only to engage in a disastrous press conference where he took Putin's denial of election interference over the conclusions of the U.S. Intelligence Committee.

Trump added that he had "full faith and support" in United States intelligence agencies and as he repeated the remark, the lights in the room were suddenly dimmed off. "Whoops, they just turned off the lights".

Trump was widely criticized for comments he made after the sit-down Monday with Putin in Helsinki, Finland.

"My people came to me, Dan Coats [the director of national intelligence] came to me and some others, they said they think it's Russian Federation".

Mr Trump on Monday shied away from criticising the Russian leader for Moscow's actions to undermine the election and cast doubt on US intelligence agencies, prompting calls by some USA lawmakers for tougher sanctions and other actions to punish Russia.

"We will stop it, we will repel it", Trump vowed. He cited USA sanctions and the expulsion of alleged Russian spies from the US, telling reporters that Putin "understands it, and he's not happy about it".

Trump's summit with Putin came after a June 12 meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that produced a joint statement committing the sides to the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

Despite saying he now accepts the intelligence community's verdict on Russian Federation, he's written a misspelled note that says "THERE WAS NO COLUSION". But he also said that "other people" could have been involved, a statement echoing past remarks casting doubt on Russia's role.

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Since then, the US President has backtracked on his comments.

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

"It's the most serious mistake of his presidency and must be corrected - immediately."

Mr Trump responded by talking about what he called a missing Democratic National Committee server.

House Speaker and cautious Trump supporter Paul Ryan offered more measured criticism.

He also spoke for equality, saying that "I would have thought we had figured that out by now". "The President must appreciate that Russian Federation is not our ally".

He said economic cooperation between both countries had been discussed between the leaders, but sanctions against Russian Federation were not addressed.

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.

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