18 Jul 2018

Trump backtracks on Helsinki comments

From Morning Report, 7:10 am on 18 July 2018

The US President has backtracked from his defence of Russia over claims of interference in the 2016 elections. It comes as he received a barrage of criticism for his remarks in Helsinki, yesterday, where Mr Trump contradicted US intelligence agencies, saying Russia had no reason to meddle. Talking with reporters in the Oval Office in the last hour Mr Trump made the "correction". Our correspondent Nina-Maria Potts tells us he did not sound hugely apologetic.