Published: Thu, July 19, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

White House: Trump's remarks about Russian meddling misinterpreted

White House: Trump's remarks about Russian meddling misinterpreted

President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin reached a number of "important verbal agreements" during their summit in Helsinki this week. Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell told reporters Tuesday that contrary to Trump's earlier statements that Europe is one of US "foes", allies in the European Union are USA "friends" while "the Russians are not".

Earlier Wednesday at a cabinet meeting, Trump replied "no" when asked by reporters whether Russian Federation was still targeting the United States. "The president and his administration are working very hard to make sure that". His Russian associates uncovered a massive tax fraud scheme in Russia that was prosecuted in U.S. courts.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hands as they hold a joint news conference after their meeting in Helsinki, Finland, July 16, 2018.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said later Wednesday that Trump actually was saying "no" to answering additional questions - even though he subsequently went on to address Russian Federation. "I let him know we can't have this, we're not going to have it, and that's the way it's going to be". Trump claimed he was much tougher with Putin in their private meeting than how he has characterized it so far.

"I'm just asking you a question because you choose not to call on me", Ryan said. "So certainly as the leader of a country you would have to hold him responsible, yes", Trump told CBS News in an interview.

I will tell you though: "it better not be, it better not be", Trump told CBS News.

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. I think that this has gotten totally out of control. "If you're wrong about this and we don't act, that's going to define your presidency". A Washington Post-Schar School poll conducted in late June and early July found that almost half of registered voters - 48 percent - think Democrats running for Congress have been too critical of Trump. "I would, because he's in charge of the country".

"These actions are persistent".

President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.       Kevin Lamarque  Reuters
President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Kevin Lamarque Reuters

On Monday, Trump appeared to question the findings of USA intelligence agencies that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election.

Conservatives are also finding themselves torn between supporting a president who they like when it comes to social issues and taxes and his stance on protecting United States democracy.

Sen. Lindsay Graham, R-South Carolina, said on Twitter that there is a "BIG discrepancy" between Trump's statement and warning by Coats. Trump now says, with apparent reluctance, that he does agree, but he continues to add that others may have intervened as well. "This is what he does".

"He's an expert, this is what he does, he's been doing a very good job". I have tremendous faith in Dan Coats. And if he says that, I would accept that.

US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert called the Russian allegations "absolutely absurd". "It better not be". The damage was compounded by a desultory statement that Trump recited on Tuesday. "I think we have excellent people in the agencies, and when they tell me something, it means a lot". I can only say that I do have confidence in our intelligence agencies as now constituted, " he said.

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

Trump sounded grudgingly convinced, according to several people who attended the intelligence briefing on January 6, 2017.

Senators Marco Rubio, Republican of Florida, and Chris Van Hollen, Democrat of Maryland, introduced a bipartisan bill in January that would mandate sanctions and other punishment for any foreign entity found to have attempted to undermine U.S. elections.

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