Facing criticism from all sides, President Donald Trump says he misspoke during his visit to Helsinki, Finland. Trump says he accepts the findings of U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
The president said that after reading a transcript of his Helsinki comments, he realized he misspoke. Trump said, “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.”
"I accept our intelligence community's conclusion that Russia's meddling in the 2016 election took place. Could be other people also. A lot of people out there. There was no collusion at all.”
Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said Trump was trying to “squirm away” from his comments beside Russian President Vladimir Putin. Schumer added, “It’s 24 hours too late and in the wrong place.”
The two leaders held a press conference after their meeting Monday in Helsinki. Trump was asked whether he believe U.S. intelligence findings or Putin’s denial of interference in the 2016 U.S. election.
“My people came to me, [Director of National Intelligence] Dan Coats came to me and some others and said they think it’s Russia. I have President Putin. He just said it’s not Russia. I will say this. I don’t see any reason why it would be, but I really do want to see the server. But I have confidence in both parties.”
The comment in Helsinki received sharp criticism from U.S. lawmakers and foreign leaders. But Trump continued to say that the media misrepresented his comments.
Early on Tuesday, the president tweeted, “While I had a great meeting with NATO, raising vast amounts of money, I had an even better meeting with Vladimir Putin of Russia. Sadly, it is not being reported that way - the Fake News is going Crazy!”
I’m Jonathan Evans.
Hai Do adapted this story for Learning English based on an AP story. Mario Ritter was the editor.
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Words in This Story
transcript –n. a written record of spoken words
meddling –n. unwelcome involvement in activities and matters of others
collusion –n. secret cooperation for an illegal or dishonest purpose
squirm –v. to move around in a twisting, uncomfortable way
server –n. the main computer in a network that provides files for other computers
vast –adj. extremely large