[WORLD NEWS] TRUMP, SEEKING TO CALM POLITICAL STORM OVER PUTIN SUMMIT, SAYS HE MISSPOKE

Trump waits for reporters to leave the room

U.S. PRESIDENT, DONALD TRUMP, ON TUESDAY, REACTED TO CRITISMS OVER HIS FAILURE TO HOLD RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN, ACCOUNTABLE FOR MEDDLING IN THE 2016 U.S. ELECTION, SAYING HE MISSPOKE IN A JOINT NEWS CONFERENCE IN HELSINKI.
REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRAT POLITICIANS IN THE UNITED STATES, AS WELL AS INTELLIGENCE OFFICIALS, HAVE CRITICIZED TRUMP’S FAILURE TO CHALLENGE PUTIN, OVER ALLEGED INTERFERENCE IN THE ELECTIONS, CALLING HIS RESPONSES AT A JOINT NEWS CONFERENCE IN FINLAND AS SHAMEFUL.
SPEAKING AT THE WHITE HOUSE ON TUESDAY, TRUMP SAYS HE MISSPOKE WHEN HE ADDRESSED REPORTERS IN HELSINKI A DAY EARLIER, ADDING THAT HE ACCEPTS THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY’S ASSESSMENT THAT RUSSIA DID MEDDLE IN THE ELECTIONS WON BY HIM.