"While the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting in Brussels was an acknowledged triumph, with billions of dollars more being put up by member countries at a faster pace, the meeting with Russian Federation may prove to be, in the long run, an even greater success", Trump tweeted ahead of a planned meeting of his cabinet later in the morning.
"So many people at the higher ends of intelligence loved my press conference performance in Helsinki", Trump tweeted early Wednesday morning.
"We need to be working feverishly here to harden our defenses", Graham said after delivering an impassioned floor speech late Tuesday.
"I take him at his word if he says he misspoke, absolutely", he said.But even then he made a point of adding, "It could be other people also".
"I have felt very strongly that while Russia´s actions had no impact at all on the outcome of the election, let me be totally clear in saying that - and I´ve said this many times - I accept our intelligence community´s conclusion that Russia´s meddling in the 2016 election took place", Trump said.
"On this particular issue, whether or not Russian Federation sought to meddle in the US election successfully or not, most people believe they did", Baker told State House News Service.
That's what a handwritten note attached to U.S. President Donald Trump's remarks said on Tuesday, one day after he questioned information from his intelligence agencies suggesting Russian Federation had meddled in the 2016 presidential election. But he also said that "other people" could have been involved, a statement echoing past remarks casting doubt on Russia's role.
In particular, the democratic leader in the Senate, Chuck Schumer has offered to "immediately" hold a hearing with all senior members of the delegation who were present at the meeting of the presidents of the United States and Russian Federation.
Republican Trey Gowdy said "Russia is not our friend" and expressed hope Mr Trump's aides could convince him that "it is possible to conclude Russian Federation interfered with our election in 2016 without delegitimising his electoral success".
Both parties called for Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other officials to appear before Congress and tell exactly what happened during Trump's two-hour private session with Putin. And he seemed to endorse a plan Putin proposed that would allow the special counsel Robert Mueller's team to work with Russian investigators to question 12 Russians indicted last week by Mueller.
Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., talks to reporters.