Trump says North Atlantic Treaty Organisation is better funded 'only because of me'

The push for a hearing reflects a growing Republican backlash against Trump after his closed-door meeting with Putin and a stormy press conference where he sided with the Russian leader and discounted the USA intelligence community's findings on Russian interference in the 2016 election.

When asked if Trump supported releasing the indictments, Rosenstein replied, "I'll let the president speak for himself".

"The sentence should have been, "I don't see any reason why I wouldn't, or why it wouldn't be Russia" instead of "why it would", Trump said of the comments he had made standing alongside Vladimir Putin on Monday's summit stage in Helsinki. "There was no collusion at all".

Browder said the requests were "part of the Putin-Trump quid pro quo agreed in Helsinki". "For the last ten years, I've been trying to avoid getting killed by Putin's regime", said Browder, who has been called "Putin's nemesis" for successfully pushing for so-called Magnitsky laws in a number of Western countries that authorize sanctions against human rights abusers in Russian Federation and other countries.

"The sentence should have been, 'I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be Russian Federation - sort of a double-negative, '" Trump said.

The president also vowed to stop Russian Federation or any other country from cyber attacks on this year's midterm elections.

Trump can't acknowledge that Russian Federation interfered in the election, because that gives credence to the collusion crowd.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted a black and white photo of the two men looking ill-at-ease shortly after they met. His summit with Putin was a moment that called for presidential strength. After curtly telling reporters Monday that Russian Federation was not a friend of the United States, McConnell went further, warning that Congress would take measures against Russian Federation if it continued to meddle. Trump chose before, ultimately putting the issue into the spotlight just 72 hours before the high-stakes meeting, the people said.

Trump's embrace of Putin came on the last day of a weeklong European trip in which he berated North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies over their defense spending and undercut British Prime Minister Theresa May in the tabloids.

Douglas Brinkley, a presidential historian and professor at Rice University, compared Trump to "a bull carrying his own china shop around with him".

"He's held aloft by his base for now, but the base alone is not sufficient and I think we're in for a rough ride this fall".

Trump's clarification on Tuesday is probably one of the oddest things to ever emerge from a presidency that has been chock full of absurdities, not least because it was that rare occasion in which the former reality TV star admitted that he had gotten something wrong. Asked if Russian Federation was at all to blame for the poor ties, he said: "I hold both countries responsible".

Albright criticized the way Trump treated US allies last week at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit and the praise he gave Putin after their meeting in Helsinki.

"It's clear that the Russians have done interference in the USA elections and they will do more such interference because it was".

After a stormy North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels last week, Trump was accused by critics of prioritising his ties to Putin over the transatlantic alliance. They never paid any taxes, neither in Russian Federation nor in the United States, and yet the money escaped the country.

Mr Schumer also urged the Senate to take up legislation to boost security for U.S. elections and to revive a measure passed earlier by the Judiciary Committee to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election interference.

The Democratic mayor and frequent Trump critic doesn't think the Republican president did so hot.

  • Leroy Wright