Trump says he doesn't think Russian Federation is still targeting U.S

Lewis Collier
July 19, 2018

Trump said before the Cabinet meeting, "There's never been a president as tough on Russian Federation as I have been", citing economic sanctions. "Welcome to 2018, where Donald Trump is so bad at being president, he made the terminator sigh", joked Trevor Noah, in a segment of The Daily Show, referring to a video put out by Arnold Schwarzenegger, in which the former Republic California governor called Trump "a wet noodle". In it, Glor asks Trump if he would hold Putin personally culpable for the alleged election interference.

"Well, I would, because he's in charge of the country".

Democrats say the woman who translated for Trump - and the notes she likely took - could provide critical information about the meeting.

Asked by reporters at the start of a Cabinet meeting whether Russian Federation is still targeting the U.S., President Trump shook his head and said "no".

A few hours earlier, Trump had answered "no" when asked if the longtime United States foe was still targeting American elections.

The president told a television interview that he has "tremendous faith" in Dan Coats, director of national intelligence, and that he would "accept" his conclusions on Russian involvement.

Mr Trump said he misspoke at the press conference with Mr Putin. Susan Collins of ME said of Trump's one-word response.

It comes after Putin suggested at the Helsinki summit that he would let United States investigators be present for questioning of 12 Russian intelligence officers charged last Friday on allegations they carried out cyber attacks to interfere in the 2016 USA election if Russians could do the same in America for people connected to money manager Bill Browder, a one-time investor in Russia.

Lindsey Graham, a Republican from SC, said he was happy to hear that Sanders had clarified Trump's comment.

Rather than view Trump as a rival for Russia's friendship, China is more likely to be pleased by the growing split between Trump and American allies in Europe. He cited USA sanctions and the expulsion of alleged Russian spies from the US, telling reporters that Putin "understands it, and he's not happy about it".

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The muddied waters have deepened critics' concerns that Trump is not taking seriously enough threats to the US electoral system.

Posting on Twitter, Mr Trump said people "who wanted to see a boxing match" were bothered by his rapport with Mr Putin.

Earlier Wednesday, Mr. Trump sparked confusion about where he stands on whether Russian Federation is continuing to target the USA, given Coats' assessment that the threat to America's digital infrastructure is current. My personal view: "the Russians are at [it] again", he wrote.

"The overall assertions that have come out of the Russian government are absolutely absurd: the fact that they want to question 11 American citizens and the assertions that the Russian government is making about those American citizens", spokeswoman Heather Nauert told reporters.

"China-Russia relations will not be affected by any external factors", said Hua Chunying. Lawmakers have urged Trump to reject the deal.

"That's part of the discussion we're having", said Sen. Chris Van Hollen to craft legislation that would automatically subject Russian Federation - or any other country - to sanctions if they interfered in upcoming elections.

"It's 24 hours too late and in the wrong place", Mr Schumer said. Pelosi also wants to force a vote on the House floor on a resolution rebuking Trump's remarks in Helsinki.

Following the airing of the CBS interview, Clapper responded to Mr. Trump's comments on CNN.

REPORTER: President Putin denied having anything to do with the election interference in 2016.

But Trump dismissed Coats' strong words in his Monday press conference with Putin.

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