Donald Trump claims he warned Vladimir Putin against election meddling

Nellie Chapman
July 19, 2018

Just a few days later, Trump had a controversial press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, where he failed to hold Russia accountable for USA election interference.

At the start of a Cabinet meeting at the White House, a reporter asked Trump, "Is Russia still targeting the US, Mr. President?"

Many have yet to hear from chief of staff John Kelly, who often plays cleanup after Trump's mishits, and have reportedly chosen to surge forward in their attempts to pass legislation blocking Russian Federation from or punishing Russian Federation for future election interference.

On Tuesday, Mr Trump claimed he "misspoke" when he said at the summit that Russian Federation was not meddling in the United States elections.

"It's insane and should be called insane and outrageous, not just by me, but by the U.S. government", McFaul said.

"It would be truly appalling if the White House were even to consider the Russian ploy of proposing an interview of Mike McFaul, who served our country with honour as ambassador to Russia", said Burns, who is now president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

The president argued that "many people at the higher ends of intelligence" supported his stance on Russian Federation at the press conference and called out "haters" who are upset that the two leaders got along.

Dori could not believe the stumbling on the president's part, calling it "beyond credulity" that Trump's PR experts could not have come up with anything better than "ridiculously trying to flip-flop" on the previous day's comments. After a series of statements from Cabinet officials and the President's daughter, Ivanka, press aides began ordering reporters to leave the room - and one asked Trump if he believed that Russian Federation was still targeting American elections.

U.S. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats told a congressional committee in February he already had seen evidence Russian Federation was targeting November's elections when Republican control of the House of Representatives and Senate is at stake.

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Trump and his team are weighing the offer, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Wednesday.

She said the threat to the United States electoral system "still exists, which is why we are taking steps to prevent it".

Critics have accused Trump of siding with Russian Federation over his own country by failing to criticize Moscow for what usa intelligence agencies a year ago described as Russia's election interference in an attempt to sow discord, aid Trump's candidacy and disparage Trump's Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton.

The two leaders held two hours of closed-door talks with no one else present but the interpreters. Schwarzenegger, frustrated with Trump's apparent fan-boy moment with Putin, took to Twitter to call out the president.

"And he shouldn't be happy about it because there's never been a president as tough on Russian Federation as I have been".

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, a New York Democrat, said he was not buying Trump's new version of events.

Sanders then claimed it was not a reversal, she was just interpreting what POTUS said.

"In a key sentence in my remarks I said the word "would" instead of "wouldn't", he said.

The president has dubbed it a "witch hunt", and repeatedly denied any collusion.

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