Democrats on Tuesday said such statements are not enough, and called on the Republican-led Congress to take real action - including passing legislation to insulate Mueller from political attacks, safeguard future elections, punish Russian Federation and establish greater oversight on Trump.
Yesterday, Donald Trump shocked the world by standing next to Vladimir Putin and proclaiming that he believes the Russian president over his own intelligence community. "There was no collusion at all".
"The Russians need to know that there are a lot of us who fully understand what happened in 2016, and that it better not happen again in 2018", McConnell said.
Reading from prepared remarks, Trump said that he accepted the broad consensus of the US intelligence community that Russian Federation meddled in the election, then ad-libbed that there "could be other people also". Moran also said he believes Trump sees Russian Federation as an adversary and may have delivered tough messages in private.More news: World Cup win gives France new set of heroes, needed boost
In the Finnish capital, Trump had refused to say he believed United States intelligence agencies over Russia's denials of meddling and delivered no condemnation of Moscow's interference.
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., takes questions from reporters. Additionally, I will continue to support maximum economic sanctions on Russian Federation, including the full implementation of the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) that passed the Senate by a vote of 98-2. Add Donald Trump as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Donald Trump news, video, and analysis from ABC News.
Indeed, Trump's comments floored people across the political spectrum, including lawmakers from both sides of the aisle, intelligence veterans, and even Trump's allies.
Fellow GOP politicians have generally stuck with Trump during a year and a half of turmoil, but he was assailed as seldom before as he returned from what he had hoped would be a proud summit with Putin.
On Tuesday, Trump said he discussed North Korea's nuclear weapons programme with Putin in their meeting on Monday, and that the two leaders also discussed reducing nuclear weapons worldwide.More news: Iran builds new nuclear centrifuge rotor factory, nuclear chief says
"We just conducted a yearlong investigation into Russia's interference in our elections".
Schumer also called for the immediate passage of legislation to enhance election security, and reiterated calls for the Senate to hold immediate hearings to get testimony from Trump's national security team about what transpired during the private Trump-Putin meeting "so we can find out what the heck happened there". But his performance during the Putin summit was dubbed by Republicans and Democrats alike as one of the biggest blunders of his presidency.
"The damage inflicted by President Trump's naivete, egotism, false equivalence, and sympathy for autocrats is hard to calculate".
The president also offered thanks to Kentucky Republican Sen.
Mr Ryan is not the only powerful Republican to have criticised Mr Trump's behaviour towards Russia - Senate foreign relations chairman Bob Corker, and former House speaker Newt Gingrich are among those who have joined in. And it came at the end of an extraordinary trip to Europe in which Trump had already berated allies, questioned the value of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance and demeaned leaders including Germany's Angela Merkel and Britain's Theresa May.More news: Nuclear deal with North Korea 'may take some time': Pompeo