His toughness with Vladimir Putin in question, President Donald Trump declared on Wednesday he had told the Russian leader face to face to stay out of America's elections "and that's the way it's going to be".
The issue of Trump and his views on 2016 election meddling has been under renewed scrutiny since Monday's summit, when the president didn't offer support for USA intelligence agencies, which found that Russian Federation interfered in election.
Russian President Vladimir Putin offered to allow the USA access to Russians accused of election meddling in return for interviews of Americans accused by the Kremlin of unspecified crimes. "And here we are almost two decades later, and I'm here to say, the warning lights are blinking red again". "Just like I consider myself to be responsible for things that happen in this country", Trump said in the interview.
A day later, Trump walked his statement back, saying he meant to say, "I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be Russia" interfering.
The 29-page indictment against the 12 Russian intelligence officers was announced on Friday - just days before Trump's meeting with Putin. "I have President Putin, he just said it's not Russian Federation".
"In the minds of numerous president's supporters, they perhaps do agree with this very unconventional diplomacy that he is engaging in with North Korea and Russia", Reid said.
Later on Tuesday, Trump again contended that his Helsinki summit was a "great success" and blamed what he called "the Fake News Media" for contrary views. Some $400,000 of that money was donated to the Democrats, Kurennoy said on state television, adding that prosecutors have documentary evidence to support the assertions.
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"The president will work with his team and we'll let you know if there is an announcement on that front", Sanders said.
Putin has denied allegations of election interference.
"It was in the months prior to September 2001 when, according to then-CIA Director George Tenet, 'the system is blinking red, '" Coats said.
Earlier Wednesday, Mr. Trump sparked confusion about where he stands on whether Russian Federation is continuing to target the US, given Coats' assessment that the threat to America's digital infrastructure is current. On July 13, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats warned of Russian cyber-intrusions - likening the situation to the period before 9/11.
"I'm interpreting what the president said, I'm not reversing it", Sanders said. "I think we have excellent people in the agencies".
"It could be other people also - there's a lot of people out there", he said.
White House officials did not elaborate on how Mr Trump came to issue the clarification, but administration aides described being stunned by his initial remarks Monday.
President Donald Trump today denied Russian Federation is still targeting the United States, a claim sharply at odds with recent warnings from his top intelligence chief about ongoing threats to election security.
The Republican chairman of the Senate intelligence committee, Richard Burr of SC, said if Trump doubts that Russian Federation would again try to intervene, "He needs to read the intelligence".