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Historians say Trump upends norms of presidential behaviour

20 July 2018

In a stunning about-face the US President has announced he didn't mean to say what he said during a media conference in Helsinki with the Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

Mark Levin slammed "psychopaths" in the media for the "overwrought, hysterical, insane" criticism of President Donald Trump following his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"I said the word "would" instead of 'wouldn't, '" Trump told reporters at the White House, more than 24 hours after his appearance with Putin.

Trump took on his critics via Twitter on Tuesday morning, saying he had "a great meeting with NATO" and "an even better meeting" with Putin, but saying that "it is not being reported that way" and that "the Fake News is going insane".

None of this explained why Trump, who had tweeted several times and sat for two TV interviews since the Putin news conference, waited so long to correct his remarks.

Trump said he misspoke during the Putin news conference, saying he used the word "would" rather that "wouldn't" in discussing Russian meddling.

During a joint press conference in Helsinki with Putin, Trump said while he has "great confidence" in the United States intelligence community, Putin was "very powerful" in his denial of Russian interference in the 2016 election, comments that he attempted to walk back Tuesday.

Russian Federation did not meddle in the 2016 elections, Putin said, rejecting the verdict of USA intelligence chiefs that Moscow hacked the Democrats' emails and leaked them to help propel Trump to the White House.

But he made a point of adding: 'It could be other people also. I don't see any reason why it would be.

"The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation is ready for practical implementation of the agreements reached between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump in the sphere of global security achieved at the Helsinki summit", Maj. The channel's anchors, analysts and pundits were clear: Putin is an enemy, not an ally, and U.S. presidents should never pick sides with foreigners against Americans.

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Those recent poisonings prompted increased intelligence gathering by British, US and allied services.

"Because I have to say, when you said "I don't see any reason why it would be Russian Federation", for a minute there it nearly seemed like you were hiding something from us".

The concern about Russia's intentions preceded this week's meeting between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. A lot of people out there.

"We're doing everything in our power to prevent Russian interference in 2018", the president said.

Trump's meeting with Putin in Helsinki was his first time sharing the worldwide stage with a man he has described as an important US competitor - but whom he has also praised a strong, effective leader.

Trump still maintained that his meetings with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies went well and his summit with Putin "even better".

Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, also called on the panel to request testimony from Gross. Unlike Putin, who announced that his country - alongside Europe and China - was staying in the nuclear deal with Iran, the deal that Trump withdrew from on May 8, Trump has made it his mission to undermine the Iranian government.

His comments, however, come just a day after he backtracked and claimed that he does in fact accept the the USA intelligence community's conclustion that Russians interfered in the 2016 election.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said later that Trump does believe that Russian Federation may try to target US elections again and the "threat still exists". He also went after his Justice Department, calling its investigation into Russia's efforts and potential collusion with Trump's campaign a "disaster for our country".

Historians say Trump upends norms of presidential behaviour