Schumer blasts Trump’s ‘pathetic’ walk back on Russia comments
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Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerUS national security policy in the 117th Congress and a new administration Voters say Biden should make coronavirus vaccine a priority: poll New York City subway service could be slashed 40 percent, officials warn MORE (D-N.Y.) blasted President TrumpDonald John TrumpMinnesota certifies Biden victory Trump tells allies he plans to pardon Michael Flynn: report Republican John James concedes in Michigan Senate race MORE’s attempt to clarify his Helsinki comments, adding that he was already “walking back the walk back.”

“President Trump’s walk back performance was pathetic," Schumer said. "It was weak, insecure and thoroughly unconvincing. The president read a scripted clarification yesterday like he was in a hostage situation. All you had to do was look at his face.”

On Tuesday, Trump said he had “full faith in our intelligence agencies” and that Russia was responsible for election meddling in the United States in 2016. But he then added: “Could be other people also. There's a lot of people out there.”

Trump touted his Monday meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying in a series of tweets Wednesday that they discussed “many important subjects,” and that the summit could be an “even greater success” than last week's NATO summit.

Schumer pointed to Trump’s tweets saying they “were walking back the walk back.”

“It’s clear from today’s tweets that he doesn’t mean it, that he doesn’t believe it and frankly neither does anybody else,” he said, referring to Trump’s comments that he supports the intelligence community’s findings.

Trump sparked a political firestorm on Monday when he refused to denounce Russia’s election meddling during a joint press conference with Putin following a one-on-one meeting in Helsinki.

When asked by reporters Wednesday if Russia still poses a threat to the U.S., Trump said "no."

Schumer, in a tweet, quipped: “Mr. President. Walk this back too.”