At a news conference Monday in Helsinki, during his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Trump appeared to deny us intelligence findings that Russia interfered with the 2016 USA presidential election: "My people came to me, (Director of National Intelligence) Dan Coats came to me and some others, they said they think it's Russia", Trump said. When asked at a joint appearance in Helsinki whether he believes Putin or USA intelligence on the question of whether Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 presidential election, Trump responded in part by saying "I don't see why it would be Russian Federation".
While many in the media were excoriating President Donald Trump for his freaky comments during the press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, a new poll shows how Americans saw the episode.
At the summit, Trump appeared to favor Russian President Vladimir Putin's denial of Russian meddling over the assessment of US intelligence agencies that Russia did try to interfere.
One day after President Donald Trump clarified that he believes Russian Federation likely interfered in the 2016 presidential election, he said Wednesday he thinks the Kremlin no longer targeting the USA and its elections.
Other GOP senators pushed back on the idea that Russian Federation is no longer targeting the U.S. Senate intelligence committee Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., when asked whether there was any doubt that Russian Federation was still targeting upcoming U.S. elections, responded "none", adding Trump "ought to look at the intelligence". Lotta people out there.
"Because I have to say, when you said "I don't see any reason why it would be Russian Federation", for a minute there it nearly seemed like you were hiding something from us". He meant "I don't see why it wouldn't be Russia", OK? In response, Trump said that his "people came to me", and said "they think it's Russian Federation".
Trump's comments also stunned some pundits on the president's favorite television channel: Fox News. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky said, "The president has gone through a year and a half of totally partisan investigations - what's he supposed to think?"
But after his election, Brennan continued, Trump kept publicly trashing the USA intel community and he's shown that "he lies to the American people".
"As successful as North Atlantic Treaty Organisation was, I think this was our most successful visit", Mr. Trump said.
Trump on Monday called the Mueller probe into Russian meddling "a disaster for our country".
White House officials did not elaborate on how Trump came to issue the clarification, but administration aides described being stunned by his initial remarks Monday.
"I enter the meeting with the firm conviction that diplomacy and engagement is better than hostility and conflict", he said.
"We are just one click of the keyboard away from a similar situation repeating itself", he said.
In exchange, the Russian president offered to allow Special CounselRobert Mueller to observe interrogations of 12 Russian intelligence agents indicted by a USA grand jury last week for hacking Democratic Party email accounts.
But Sanders insisted Trump wasn't responding to the question.
In an interview set to be broadcast Wednesday evening, the United States president told Jeff Glor of CBS News that he holds Putin responsible "because he's in charge of the country, just like I consider myself to be responsible for things that happen in this country".
The president's comments alongside members of Congress came after he seemed to double down on his press conference with Putin earlier in the day.