"I have felt very strongly that while Russia's actions had no impact at all on the outcome of the election, let me be totally clear in saying that - and I've said this many times - I accept our intelligence community's conclusion that Russia's meddling in the 2016 election took place".
On Monday, President Donald Trump met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland for a summit that comes in the midst of an FBI investigation into allegations that Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election.
Mr. Trump initially sounded a defensive note on July 17, insisting his meeting with Mr. Putin had been "even better" than his one last week with traditional allies NATO - a testy gathering seen as having badly strained trans-Atlantic ties.
Moments before, several senators told reporters there is a discussion - but nothing more so far - about legislation that would impose new sanctions on Russian Federation.
Valentina Matvienko, speaker of the Upper House of Russian Parliament, said "this is the first important step towards establishing a political dialogue".
In the meantime, a number of Senators are considering bringing a measure to the floor backing the US intelligence community. "He's given them a pass and is certainly not holding them accountable for what they're doing".
"We just conducted a year-long investigation into Russia's interference in our elections".
That remark was one of many in which Trump distanced himself from the conclusions of the US intelligence agencies.
Some Republicans have also criticized Trump for his remarks.
The morning after in the United Kingdom, the Daily Mirror tabloid newspaper ran coverage of the summit on its front page, labeling Trump "Putin's poodle" and quoting former CIA Director and career intelligence officer John Brennan who described the US President's performance as "nothing short of treasonous".
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Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan took the opportunity to discuss Trump's one-on-one time with the Queen on Air Force One. The GMB presenter pressed: "But 2020 you gonna run? It seems like everybody wants me to ".
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And I want him to relax good, and I want when he comes back with us, to start good with a good mentality. "They have the same holidays".
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The Arizona Republican says the summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki was "a tragic mistake". Americans were disappointed, embarrassed, outraged and a whole host of other negative adjectives.
It was the second time this week that Trump's words about Russian interference required clarification and revision by the White House.
"I believe that whatever Mr. Trump said in that meeting is now memorialized on Russian tape and will be utilized by Putin against Trump", the former Central Intelligence Agency director said.
In rebutting Trump's dismissive comments about USA intelligence on Monday, Coats said, "We have been clear in our assessments of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and their ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy". Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating that allegation and any possible collusion by Trump's campaign. What they did hear is a statement he made to Putin's very close friend.
House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi called on Tuesday for passage of legislation increasing funding to improve the security of USA election equipment and prevent cyberattacks. First lady Melania Trump was also aboard and was involved in some of the discussions, the people familiar with the matter said. In June, in fact, Rosen called on major media organizations to suspend their usual relations with the Trump administration, in the way that governments suspend diplomatic relations with countries that have engaged in extreme behavior, and gone far beyond the bounds of what is acceptable in worldwide affairs.
"This is truly the Trump derangement syndrome that motivates all of this", the Kentucky Republican told CNN.
Corker said "the first step" will be hearing from US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who will testify before Congress on Russian Federation next week.
US intelligence officials have said Russian election interference efforts are continuing and now target the upcoming congressional elections in November.
Russia's elite and media have been celebrating the meeting as a slam-dunk victory for Putin.
"The West's attempts to isolate Russian Federation failed", read the headline on a report on Monday's summit meeting in state-run newspaper Rossiisskaya Gazeta.