Even Fox News is rebuking Trump over his meeting with Putin

Media playback is unsupported on your device                  Media caption President Trump was bombarded by questions as reporters were asked to leave

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption President Trump was bombarded by questions as reporters were asked to leave

President Donald Trump on Wednesday defended his conduct at a news conference earlier in the week alongside Russian leader Vladimir Putin, a day after he reversed his public questioning of US intelligence agencies following a barrage of criticism.

"We got along well which truly bothered many haters who wanted to see a boxing match", he wrote. "Big results will come!"

"The full faith and support for America's intelligence agencies - I have a full faith in our intelligence agencies", Trump said.

Trump said he reviewed the transcript and clips from the news conference and said he made a mistake when he answered a reporter who asked the USA president if he would publicly denounce the election meddling to Putin. "Suffice it to say that for me as a policymaker, what really matters is what we do moving forward".

Distinguished colleague, let me tell you this: When President Trump was in Moscow back then, I didn't even know that he was in Moscow.

Media playback is unsupported on your device                  Media caption'He is not a politician: US voters on the aftermath of the Trump Putin summit
Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption'He is not a politician: US voters on the aftermath of the Trump Putin summit

Trump on Tuesday sought to clarify his initial remarks, saying he accepts the us intelligence community's assessment that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election.

"Indeed, yesterday was the day Donald Trump all but acknowledged Vladimir Putin as the real president of the United States".

"I think there is real value in having a broad bipartisan statement that reinforces our support for the intelligence community and the ongoing investigation by special counsel (Robert) Mueller that calls for concrete action to protect our election system", Coons told CNN Tuesday.

He was widely attacked for appearing to side with Putin rather than his own intelligence agencies over the Russian state's involvement in hacking the Democratic Party during the 2016 election.

Meanwhile, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Tennessee Republican Bob Corker, told reporters he expects Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to testify on Russian Federation as early as next week.

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In a statement today Mr Trump said he meant to say "I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be Russia".

'The sentence should have been: "'I don't see any see any reason why it wouldn't be Russia, '" Trump added, acknowledging that it was a double negative.

"They've become the most partisan people in the country, attributing great success to the former KGB operative, Vladimir Putin, meanwhile undermining confidence in our own president", said the first-term Republican lawmaker from Ohio.

And he again floated the idea that "other people" could be involved.

"A lot of people get confused - I'm not saying the president is confused", Doocy went on.

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Trump's praise for Putin highlights the gap between the president and the rest of his administration when it comes to Russian Federation, a divide that has left European allies scratching their heads.

Goldstone came into the Trump orbit when he helped promote and stage manage Trump's Miss Universe pageant - working for Emin Agalarov, a pop singer and the son Aras Agalarov, a Russian real-estate mogul.

"Everyone is talking about Russian Federation influence", Husseini said. "So you can put that in and I think that probably clarifies things".

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Niinistö also called attention to the importance of establishing and fostering a dialogue between the two heads of state. Trump said relations between the United States and Russian Federation have "never been worse than it is now".

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