White House says ‘threat’ from Russian Federation still exists

Lula Sharp
July 19, 2018

Trump on Tuesday tried to walk back comments that he believed Russian President Vladimir Putin over American intelligence chiefs on Russian interference in the 2016 election, saying that he had misspoken a day earlier after a summit meeting with Putin in Helsinki.

The tweets came a day after Mr Trump said he had missed out a word when appearing to support Mr Putin's claim that there was no Russian involvement in the 2016 United States presidential election.

Mr Trump's meeting with Mr Putin in Helsinki was his first time sharing the global stage with a man he has described as an important United States competitor - but whom he has also praised a strong, effective leader.

"The president was flat out wrong", Michael Morell, former deputy and acting director of the Central Intelligence Agency said about Trump's remarks after the Cabinet meeting. Asked what he said to Putin, Mr. Trump responded, "Very strong on the fact that we can't have meddling, we can't have any of that". More of the interview is scheduled to run Wednesday on CBS at 6:30 Eastern, with additional segments running Thursday morning and evening.

The hosts of "Outnumbered" unanimously applauded "Fox News Sunday" anchor Chris Wallace for his tough one-on-one interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Rubio said he wants to find compromise language that could pass quickly on the floor because he is concerned the legislation could get bogged down in the Banking Committee or in a lengthy floor debate.

You know what? I believe our intelligence agencies.

Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer said Trump needed to wake up to Russia's efforts to interfere in American elections. "We're not going to have it, and that's the way it's going to be".

Donald Trump's team say he looked 'weak' next to Vladimir Putin
Instead, he denounced the "stupidity" of his own country's policy, especially the decision to investigate election interference. At the news conference, Trump was invited by reporters to offer any criticism of Russian Federation but he repeatedly declined.

Contrary to the USA government's fears leading up to the 2016 president election, hacking the nation's election infrastructure appeared to take a back seat to stealing and leaking salacious documents from the Democratic National Committee and House Democrats' campaign arm to destabilize public opinion. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters that Mr. Trump's response to a reporter's question had been misconstrued.

Asked by reporters on Wednesday if Russian Federation was still targeting the United States, Trump shook his head and said, "No". Oh, sorry. What I meant to say was "Get the f**k out of here, man".

Trump had hoped the indictment would strengthen his hand during the summit, according to the White House sources.

Some lawmakers said they would seek remedies against Russian Federation in Congress.

Asked by reporters on Wednesday if Russian Federation was still targeting the United States, Mr Trump shook his head and said, "No". "I am very relieved".

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

"I accept our intelligence community's conclusion that Russia's meddling in the 2016 election took place", Trump conceded Tuesday.

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