"He was nearly was reading this, very much an example of a White House in damage control mode, where the communications team has worked very hard to parse the statement of the president in Helsinki and try to turn it into something other than what many people believe they witnessed - and that was a president standing apart from his intelligence agencies and the conclusion that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 USA election", said Halkett.
Republican Senator John McCain accused Trump of "playing right into Putin's hands" with the president's comments in a Fox News interview on Tuesday that appeared to question the American commitment to defend all North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies. There was also his generous concession to Putin and his Soviet predecessors that the USA was as much to blame as the Russians for bilateral tensions.
Russia's President Vladimir Putin offers a ball of the 2018 football World Cup to President Donald Trump during a joint press conference after a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, July 16, 2018.
"The sentence should have been, 'I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be Russia.' Sort of a double negative, " Trump said.
US intelligence leaders only refer to the "red lights" when matters are dire.
Late last week at a Washington, D.C., think tank, Coats was even more blunt than he was in his statement Monday, according to CNBC. Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence, said as recently as Monday that the Kremlin was the source of "ongoing, pervasive..." 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.
"The president is going to meet with his team and we'll let you know when we have an announcement", White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters at Wednesday's press briefing.
Jackson then followed up: "But why should this president have any credibility to Americans in what he says if in fact 24 hours later or in this case three hours later the White House comes out and says 'just kidding?'"
"I accept our intelligence community's conclusion that Russia's meddling in the 2016 election took place", Trump conceded Tuesday. Moscow has convicted Browder in absentia of massive tax fraud, and Putin said on Monday that some USA officials may have helped the oligarch take millions of dollars out of Russian Federation.
Trump's Air Force One makeover to make planes red, white and blue
Trump told CBS that after almost three decades, the plane was long overdue for an upgrade. Trump's dealings with Boeing over new Air Force One airplanes has been a public affair.
First, the president declined to back US intelligence community findings that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election, instead siding with Putin's denial.
"It could be other people also - there's a lot of people out there", he said.
The figure for the donation was 1,000 times less than the one Putin provided at the Helsinki news conference of $400 million, which Kurennoy described as a mistake.
He also accused past American leaders, rather than Russia's destabilising actions in the USA and around the world, for the souring of relations between two countries.
On Wednesday, Trump continued his efforts to put a positive spin on his maligned Helsinki appearance, which drew condemnation across the political spectrum.
"I thought he was wrong to have said what he did but he's now dealt with that and the important thing is to understand that people shouldn't take sides too much on Mr Trump", Mr Howard told reporters in Adelaide on Wednesday.
"With that being said, all I can do is ask the question [of Putin]".
But Texas Republican John Cornyn said the Senate should focus on "additional sanctions instead of just some messaging exercise". But I'm telling you today, I trust USA intelligence.
"Some people HATE the fact that I got along well with President Putin of Russian Federation".