Trump Again Contradicts Intelligence Officials, Says Russia Not Targeting U.S.

Posted July 21, 2018

The president said Tuesday that he accepted the US intelligence community's conclusion that the meddling took place.

That rhetoric marked a turnabout from Trump's first, upbeat description of his sit-down with Putin.

While Republicans have been willing in the past to quickly move on from Trump's public relations disasters, this latest imbroglio seems to have a lingering effect as lawmakers consider legislative responses to Russian Federation.

When asked the question Wednesday, he answered "no", a reply that put him sharply at odds with recent public warnings from his own intelligence chief. The White House later said he was saying "no" to answering questions.

The scale of the bipartisan outcry at Trump's stance toward Putin has only been rivaled by his 2017 waffling over condemning white supremacist demonstrators in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Trump also added, "I have great confidence in my intelligence people, but I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today".

"I don't know if anything occurred in North Korea other than a press conference", Corker said.

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"I felt like I'd spent a career defending the principles and the freedoms of this country", said Axe, 44, who lives in Annapolis, Maryland.

The CBS interview came at the end of two days of shifting statements.

Trump and the White House sought for a second straight day to calm the furor over his comments Monday, when he sided with Putin's denials over the USA intelligence community's conclusion that the Russians hacked into the 2016 elections in order to help Trump. "It is appalling that the president can not seem to stand up to Vladimir Putin".

On Tuesday, he delivered a scripted statement to "clarify" - his word - his remarks Monday.

"I think the White House has additional steps to take to rectify what has occurred", Corker said.

Trump was asked at the end of a Cabinet meeting Wednesday if Russian Federation was still targeting the U.S. He answered "no" without elaborating.

Last week, National Intelligence Director Dan Coats said warning lights on cyberthreats to the USA were "blinking red" -- and Russian Federation has been "the most aggressive foreign actor" and is continuing efforts to "undermine our democracy", though not at the same level as in 2016.

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And so, it seems more likely that Trump's wink and a nod to the "higher ends of intelligence" - smart people, you know what I'm saying [wink, nudge nudge] - is just a self-defense mechanism for a man who was legitimately surprised (and furious) at the negative reviews his press conference with Putin received.

"The president is wrong", GOP Sen. Told that Sanders had since clarified, she responded: "There's a walk-back of the walk-back of the walk-back of the walk-back?"

Trump's Putin news conference wasn't about a single misspoken word.

The muddied waters have deepened critics' concerns that Trump is not taking threats to the USA electoral system seriously enough. Only Trump, Putin, and their respective translators were in the room. She said he and Putin discussed "a range of issues" besides election interference and that the president is hopeful he can work with Russian Federation on several fronts. "My personal view: the Russians are at again".

Sheppard and Bostjancic represent the mixed views among former members of the USA military to Trump's comments: Some say they are a betrayal, with the commander in chief giving more credence to Putin's word than to the conclusions of US intelligence agencies and creating a hardship for those who serve and put their lives on the line.

McFaul tweeted Wednesday that he hoped the White House would denounce "this ridiculous request from Putin".

My theory is that Trump has for years been up to his neck in financial deals with Russian oligarchs (maybe the mafia there, too).

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"We're going to make sure that Congress does everything it can to protect this country", said Sen.