Backlash leads to Trump’s correction

Photo by the Kremlin

After the 2018 Russia-United States Summit, deemed by many Americans and Europeans as a disaster took place on Monday in Finland, Trump sought to “clarify” his public undermining of America’s intelligence agencies when he said he saw no reason to believe Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election.

“The sentence should have been, ‘I don’t see any reason why I wouldn’t, or why it wouldn’t be Russia” instead of “why it would,” Trump said.

His comment came amid great rebuke by his own party approximately 27 hours after his original, widely reported statement, which he made at the summit in Helsinki, standing alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin, who also handed him a football in reference to the U.S. co-hosting the 2026 World Cup with Canada and Mexico.

“I accept our intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election took place,” Trump said Tuesday. “It could be other people also. A lot of people out there. There was no collusion at all,” he continued.

The “disaster control team’s cleanup” of this event was only the latest of Trump’s problematic statements during his week-long trip, in which he sent the NATO alliance into emergency session and assailed British Prime Minister Theresa May as she was hosting him for an official visit.

Moments earlier, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell issued a public reassurance to U.S. allies in NATO and Europe with whom Trump clashed during his trip last week.

“The European countries are our friends, and the Russians are not,” McConnell said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.