Published: Thu, July 19, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

United States election meddling: Trump reverses course again

United States election meddling: Trump reverses course again

Bill Browder, an American businessman and critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, said he was outraged by the prospect that the Trump administration would possibly allow him to be questioned by Russian agents over a case stemming back to 2005. "I think it was a strong news conference", Trump told CBS news, responding to a question on criticism of his performance at the press conference.

Speaking during a Cabinet meeting at the White House, Trump was asked by a reporter if Russian Federation was still targeting the US.

His comments also come less than a month after he said members of the press should be "free from the fear of being violently attacked while doing their jobs", in the wake of a deadly shooting in a Maryland newsroom of the Capital Gazette that killed five people on June 28.

"What I was totally flabbergasted by was that the White House would not defend me", McFaul said.

Trump asserted Wednesday at the White House that no other American president has been as tough on Russian Federation.

"At least I can respect the fact that he was honest with us", Bostjancic said.

Just hours before the CBS interview was broadcast, the White House was forced to clarify another statement Trump gave at a Cabinet meeting earlier on Wednesday.

A few hours earlier, Trump had answered "no" when asked if the longtime United States foe was still targeting American elections.

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He added that he thinks he's been tougher on Russian Federation and its president, Vladimir Putin , than any other USA president. So certainly as the leader of a country you would have to hold him responsible, yes".

National Intelligence Director Dan Coats had sounded an alarm, comparing the cyberthreat today to how the way U.S. officials said before 9/11 that intelligence channels were "blinking red" with warning signs that a terror attack was imminent. Ms Sanders said Mr Trump believes the threat from Russian Federation to undermine those elections still exists.

But Trump stopped short of saying that if the intelligence services were correct in their assessment, then Putin must be lying.

The cover comes amid walkbacks, clarifications and contradictions by Trump following his joint news conference with Putin on Monday in Helsinki.

Burson told Time her goal with the Trump-Putin image was to make people "stop and think" about the similarities between the two leaders. He appeared to have said earlier in the day that it had stopped, a position that directly contradicted American intelligence head Dan Coats's contention that the Russian threat was "ongoing".

But James Flaskey, a 74-year-old Norfolk, Virginia, veteran who served in the U.S. Army during the height of the Cold War with Russian Federation, sees it a bit differently. "He views this problem entirely through a political lens, these people say, unable or unwilling to differentiate between the question of whether his campaign colluded with Russia-which he denies-and the question of whether Russian Federation attempted to influence the election".

"I'm interpreting what the president said, I'm not reversing it", Sanders said.

As his rare retraction - Trump is not known to own up mistakes - became the new narrative, the president added a new wrinkle in an unscripted interaction with reporters. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and Chris Coons, D-Del., will try to force a vote Thursday on a resolution backing the intelligence community's findings that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election and must be held accountable.

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