The White House and the U.S. State Department are at odds over an offer by Russian President Vladimir Putin to allow U.S. prosecutors access to 12 Russians accused of hacking the 2016 election if Russian prosecutors who are pursuing Kremlin critic William Browder are allowed to interrogate several Americans.
Trump faced withering criticism earlier this week after he seemed to side with Putin over the us intelligence community over Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Amid bipartisan condemnation of Trump's embrace of a longtime USA enemy in Helsinki, the US president delivered a rare admission of error Tuesday, saying he misspoke by one word when he said he saw no reason to believe Russian Federation had interfered in the 2016 US election.
"We believe the threat still exists, which is why we are taking steps to prevent it", White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said.
Trump was asked at the end of a Cabinet meeting Wednesday if Russian Federation was still targeting the U.S. He answered "no" without elaborating. She went on to say, "He does believe that they would target, certainly, [the] US election".
"Thank you very much, no", Trump said in response to a question from a reporter about whether Russian Federation is still targeting the United States. "I would, because he's in charge of the country".
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Did Trump misspeak when he later said: "I hold both countries responsible".
Trump also accused past American leaders, rather than Russia's destabilizing actions in the USA and around the world, for the souring of relations between two countries.
Trump's performance at Monday's news conference drew widespread condemnation, as he appeared to side with Putin over the USA intelligence community, which has concluded that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election. A lot of people out there.
"The sentence should have been I don't see any reason. why it wouldn't be Russian Federation".
US President Donald Trump claimed on Wednesday that no president has been as "tough" on Russian Federation as him but appeared to contradict his intelligence agencies when asked if Russian Federation was still targeting the United States. However, Russia has denied the allegations. He's been doing a very good job.
The uproar follows President Donald Trump's talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Helsinki summit on Monday.
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Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said Trump was trying to "squirm away" from his comments alongside Putin.
"In a 51-49 Senate, all we need is one person who wants to be on the right side of history". They would rather go to war than see this. "It's called Trump Derangement Syndrome!" the president wrote. I have tremendous faith in Dan Coats. The statement "I don't see nay reason why it would be Russia" was well down the list of problematic utterances from Trump.
Trump's comment sparked yet another apoplectic round of outrage among mainstream media members and Democratic lawmakers, claiming the president was again denying the USA intelligence community's conclusion that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 presidential election and is doing so again in the 2018 midterm elections. Montenegro is a tiny country with very strong people. Didn't get very much play relatively speaking.
At the joint news conference between Trump and Putin on Monday, Trump called it an "interesting idea".
While Trump's position on Russian interference has shifted repeatedly in recent days, and fresh comments about North Atlantic Treaty Organisation cast doubt about the alliance's mutual defense premise, some in Trump's party signalled they had had enough with his wrecking ball diplomacy and sought to take steps to box him in.
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