Trump claims he misspoke about Russian meddling in Putin press conference

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Standing alongside Mr Putin at a press conference following talks between the two leaders on Tuesday, Mr Trump said he was not convinced Moscow had attempted to tip the election in his favour. That assertion is not supported by known intelligence.

And he voiced support for United States intelligence agencies - a day after he had refused to accept their findings on Russia's election interference over Putin's denials - and vowed to take action to prevent further attacks. "I didn't know [Putin]" during the election, Trump said.

Pressed on what more Congress can do, Ryan said that "if the Foreign Affairs Committee or the Financial Services Committee and the Senate Banking Committee think that there are other sanctions that we have not yet placed upon Russian Federation, I'm more than happy to consider those".

"As I said, we condemn Russian Federation and the way that Vladimir Putin engages in worldwide affairs".

Republican lawmakers including House Speaker Paul Ryan, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce, and Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker all publicly criticized Trump for his performance.

"They did interfere", Ryan insisted.

Trump said he and Putin discussed several Middle East subjects, "starting with the civil war in Syria and the need for humanitarian aid".

Trump ignored shouted questions, including whether he would criticise Putin, as beleaguered White House media aides pushed reporters out the door of the Cabinet room.

The president stressed that he has said those things before and that it also has been determined that Russian interference did not change the outcome of the 2016 election.

Trump's performance at the summit has even come under fire from the hosts at Fox News, usually a reliable defender of the president.

"But it is clear that the summit in Helsinki was a tragic mistake".

He also inaccurately said Monday that "the whole concept of that [Russian election interference] came up perhaps a little bit before but it came out as a reason why the Democrats lost an election". "What's the big deal?"

A few hours later, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., echoed those comments.

"If [Trump] can't say directly to President Putin that he is wrong and we are right and our intelligence agencies are right, it's ineffective and worse, another sign of weakness", he tweeted.

For many Republicans, the issue goes beyond politics.

Ryan said he had not spoken with Trump, who hosted Republican members of Congress to discuss another round of tax cuts.

Reading from a prepared statement, he said he meant to say he didn't see any reason why it wouldn't be Russian Federation.

On Capitol Hill, top Republican leaders said they were open to slapping fresh sanctions on Russian Federation but showed no signs of acting any time soon.

Updates with additional Trump remarks beginning with second paragraph. But Putin on Monday acknowledged he wanted Trump to win. "I put out a statement yesterday, within minutes after that press conference". It should have been obvious, I thought it would have been obvious, but I would like to clarify just in case it wasn't.

The president took to Twitter Tuesday morning to double down on his assessment that the meeting with Putin was successful, even more so than his meeting with the United States' closest allies at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

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