Top intelligence official says he meant no disrespect to Trump

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Top intelligence official says he meant no disrespect to Trump

Also, per the poll, a 56 percent majority disapprove of President Trump expressing doubt about the positions of the US intelligence agencies in condemning Russian Federation for meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

"I think the issue is the degree and intensity with which they went after him", Spicer said of the media. "There was this fury from the media that a lot of folks thought they had to react to".

Coats, who oversees the nation's 17 intelligence agencies, also said that if he had been asked, he would have advised Trump against meeting Putin alone, with just interpreters.

But Ulrich says not all world leaders share Putin's reluctance, citing French President Emmanuel Macron's approach at the Group of Seven summit.

Perhaps it was this support from his party - 70 percent of Republicans approved of Trump's summit performance, according to a recent CBS poll - that led Trump to go back to what he has believed all along: that US intelligence can not be trusted. One of the areas where Trump has been most consistent is in dismissing the investigation and the individuals in the intelligence community who have concluded that Russian Federation could not be trusted.

Trump later retracted his statement, saying he had misspoken.

Trump waited 27 hours, sent five tweets and sat for two television interviews after his initial comments in Helsinki before claiming he'd used a confusing "double negative" and meant "would" instead of "wouldn't" in a key sentence at his press conference about who was responsible for election meddling.

"When you hear the Fake News talking negatively about my meeting with President Putin, and all that I gave up, remember, I gave up NOTHING", Trump said wrote on Twitter.

The next day brought a fresh challenge.

In December 2016, between Trump's election and his inauguration, Obama said that he had told Putin in September 2016 "cut it out" in a reference to cyberattacks targeting the USA electoral process.

In a statement on Saturday, Coats sought to clarify his incredulous reaction to the breaking news that Trump invited the Russian leader to a follow-up meeting in the White House in the wake of their first meetup in Helsinki on Monday. Trump has denied any collusion and has repeatedly called the Mueller probe a "hoax" and a "witch hunt". An average of recent polls compiled by Real Clear Politics finds that just under 53 percent of Americans disapprove of the president compared to just over 43 percent who approve. Similarly, 69 percent of Americans approved of President George W. Bush in July 2002, while 24 percent disapproved.

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