A Republicans Overseas spokesman has defended Donald Trump after his claims that he used the wrong words when discussing allegations of Russian collusion in the US election.
"The sentence should have been, 'I don't see any reason why I wouldn't, or why it wouldn't be Russia'" instead of "why it would," Trump said about the speech he made while standing next to Vladimir Putin.
The two presidents met in Helsinki on Monday, and both denied allegations that Russia meddled in the 2016 election result.
Republicans Overseas spokesperson Greg Swenson came to the President's defence on Julia Hartley-Brewer's talkRADIO show.
“The President has a habit of misspeaking,” he said.
“He stretches the truth, he exaggerates, it sort of sounds like bar talk when you sort of exaggerate some prowess to some degree.”
Trump ‘could save puppies and still be criticised’
“He is also a plain speaker and that I think that annoys some people in the establishment, that there’s a certain snobbery. One of the reasons he got elected and he’s so popular is because he’s a plain speaker.”
“I think there is criticism on the left and the right. As usual the criticism on the left was absolutely hysterical and it’s again its just another day of the Trump derangement syndrome to the point he could save puppies from a flood and he would be criticised by the left and the media.”
‘I accept meddling took place’
Bu Tuesday, Trump had changed his stance.
"I accept our intelligence community's conclusion that Russia's meddling in the 2016 election took place," he said, but added that "it could be other people also. A lot of people out there. There was no collusion at all."
He had previously criticised US intelligence agencies - which are investigating Russian involvement - for reaching that conclusion.