Meanwhile, the Russian ambassador to North Korea, Aleksandr Matsegora, told state-run news agency RIA Novosti in an interview published on July 18 that a summit between Putin and North Korea's Kim was "on the agenda".
Marina Gross, a State Department translator, was pictured along with Trump, Putin, and Putin's translator at their Helsinki summit. My people came to me, (director of national intelligence) Dan Coats came to me and some others.
Democratic Rep. Bill Pascrell of New Jersey called on Rep. Trey Gowdy, the chair of the House Oversight Committee, to bring forth Gross to testify. She said Trump was saying "no" to answering additional questions - even though he subsequently went on to address Russian Federation.
The US leader also reiterated what he said was his "full faith and support for America´s great intelligence agencies".
"The sentence should have been, 'I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be Russia.' Sort of a double negative", the president said.
"Given the unfriendliness of the press toward the president, why should we focus on a press conference?"
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I didn't ask to go on, and people said, "Don't" go on it.' I said, 'You know what? "I've never seen anybody been so dismissive". She clarified to Pirro, who sat across from her in awe, "What I suffer from is the inability to figure out how to fix this.
Trump now says he accepts the USA intelligence community's conclusions that Russia DID meddle in the 2016 election.
Republican Trey Gowdy said "Russia is not our friend" and expressed hope Mr Trump's aides could convince him that "it is possible to conclude Russian Federation interfered with our election in 2016 without delegitimising his electoral success".
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.
Some people HATE the fact that I got along well with President Putin of Russian Federation. He just said it's not Russian Federation, I will say this.
"In a key sentence in my remarks, I said the word "would" instead of "wouldn't", he explained.
Just now, President Putin denied having anything to do with the election interference in 2016.
Democrats are demanding action to rein in Trump and counter Russia, from congressional hearings on the Helsinki summit to increased sanctions against Russia to legislation protecting the special counsel in the Russia investigation, Robert Mueller. But he also said that "other people" could have been involved, a statement echoing past remarks casting doubt on Russia's role.