Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., takes questions from reporters.
The tough words for Putin came during a news conference in Nova Scotia, where the prime minister was announcing new money for highway safety even as officials in Washington, Ottawa and other many capitals were still grappling with the previous day's Trump-Putin summit in Finland.
Trump's statements "amounted to an unprecedented refusal by a U.S. president to believe his own intelligence agencies over the word of a foreign adversary", CNN says. "So both countries work jointly [for this purpose]", adding that "creating safety for Israel is something both Putin and I would like to see very much".
A wide array of Republican and Democratic lawmakers condemned Trump's position, calling it embarrassing, a disgrace and shameful.
Trump emphasized that he and Putin had a good meeting. "They have paid $33 Billion more and will pay hundreds of Billions of Dollars more in the future, only because of me".
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Brennan said on the "Today" show, "When I use the term, this is 'nothing short of treasonous, ' I equate it to the betrayal of one's nation, aiding, abetting, giving comfort to an enemy". It is Putin's regime that illegally invaded Crimea, props up Assad's murderous regime in Syria, assassinates dissidents on foreign soil, and meddles in the elections of the United States and its European allies. "I think he's a very bad person". "This is truly the Trump derangement syndrome that motivates all of this".
Mr Trump later backtracked, tweeting that he had "great confidence in my intelligence people".
Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, tells CNN the talk picked up following Trump's Helsinki press conference. "There is no moral equivalence between the United States and Russian Federation, which remains hostile to our most basic values and ideals".
Trump was excoriated on both sides of the aisle Monday for his remarks after his private talk with Putin in which he challenged the conclusion of USA intelligence agencies that Russian Federation was responsible for meddling in the 2016 election.
The New York delegation was not alone in expressing disappointment with the news conference. There was no indication, however, that any of Trump's key aides planned to quit.
"Donald Trump knows what he has done and he knows what might the Russians are aware of", he said.
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Trump leaned forward in his chair, his hands tented in front of him and frequently glanced over at the Russian president. Trump told reporters Tuesday at the White House that he misspoke at the summit.
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He also said that Putin's denial of involvement in the election was " extremely strong and powerful ", according to CBS. He said Putin wanted Clinton to win because of his toughness on Russian Federation .