Trump Appears To Contradict Intelligence Officials Again On Russia

Trump Appears To Contradict Intelligence Officials Again On Russia

Trump Appears To Contradict Intelligence Officials Again On Russia

As for Trump's "no" to question about Russian interference, the White House said he was refusing to take reporters' questions - not denying Russian meddling.

"Very strong on the fact that we can't have meddling, we can't have any of that", Trump told CBS. No, " Trump responded, shaking his head.

"I think I did great at the news conference".

The remarks again appeared to contradict his top advisers on the threat posed by Russian Federation, just one day after he said he accepted the conclusion of USA intelligence officials on Moscow's interference in the 2016 presidential campaign.

Later, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders sought to clarify Trump's comments, saying his "no" meant that he was not taking any questions from reporters.

He also lashed out at Europe and US -dominated North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, saying Russian Federation would hit back with an "equivalent response" to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation bases near Russia's borders and other "aggressive steps".

Michael Morell, former deputy and acting director of the Central Intelligence Agency, said Coats and other national security officials in the Trump administration are just doing their jobs, and the president undermines them and the institutions they lead when he makes "inaccurate statements".

Democratic politicians are pushing for Congress to subpoena Donald Trump's interpreter, amid a growing sense of alarm over the private summit in Helsinki between the USA president and Russia's Vladimir Putin. Now with Pompeo heading the State Department, Coats has been thrust into the limelight as the voice of the intelligence community. His comments Wednesday morning further muddied his stance.

In the aftermath of his Helsinki meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Trump asserted that no other American president has been as "tough" on Russia as he has been.

"The President's going to meet with his team and we'll let you know when we have an announcement on that", she said. Sanders added that Trump "said it was an interesting idea".

"Well, I would [consider him personally responsible], because he's in charge of the country", Trump told Glor.

Mr Putin faces no serious political opposition at home, and leads a country that has never experienced a democratic transfer of power.

The exchange happened when reporters were being ushered from a White House cabinet meeting photo op, which typically triggered shouting-out of questions. His response followed words of alarm last week from National Intelligence Director Dan Coats, who said warning lights about overall cyberthreats to the USA were "blinking red" - much as "blinking red" signals before the 9/11 terror attacks. You look at [former CIA Director John] Brenna, you look at [former DNI James] Clapper, you look at [former NSA chief Michael] Hayden, ' Trump began. "If you're wrong about this and we don't act, that's going to define your presidency". "Walk this back too". Most famously, she created the aged image of kidnapped 6-year-old Etan Patz that appeared on the front page of the New York Post in 1985.

'My view has not changed, which is that Russian Federation attempted to interfere with the last election and that it continues to engage in malign influence operations to this day, ' Wray said in an interview with Lester Holt of NBC News.

"These actions are persistent".

United States intelligence agencies have found evidence showing Russian agents actively interfered with the 2016 election. "The system is blinking" and that "today, the digital infrastructure that serves this country is literally under attack".

"Well, I'd accept it".

The president said on Tuesday that he accepted the United States intelligence community's conclusion that the meddling took place.

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