Published: Fri, July 20, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

White House struggles to contain political outcry over Trump-Putin summit

White House struggles to contain political outcry over Trump-Putin summit

While taking questions from reporters at a Cabinet meeting, Trump said, "Thank you very much, no," after Cecilia Vega, ABC News' White House correspondent, asked whether the United States was still a target of Russian-led cyberattacks and election meddling.

Sanders's explanation of Trump's response was met with scepticism inside the White House briefing room and outside.

Since then, Trump has said he accepts the findings of the USA intelligence community that Russian Federation did interfere.

When asked whether there were concerns about the president's credibility given Trump's reversal of his remarks about Russian Federation on Tuesday, Sanders was quick to note she wasn't clarifying anything on Wednesday.

"Why should this president have any credibility to Americans in what he says if in fact 24 hours later or in this case three hours later, the White House comes out and says 'Just kidding, '" Jackson asked.

"The president and his administration are working very hard to make sure that Russian Federation is unable to meddle in our elections as they have done in the past".

It's unclear whether or not Gross would be able to legally reveal any of the details of the conversation between Trump and Putin. "Just like I consider myself responsible for things that happen in this country".

Trump further stated that assessments from his own US intelligence officials on Russian efforts to undermine the USA political process were "true", adding he holds Putin responsible for the operations. "We've recently heard that two more people suffered from the same nerve agent that is called Novichok, but I've never even heard the last names of these persons. They would rather go to war than see this", he said.

After reviewing a transcript of the press conference, he says he meant to say, "I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be Russia" who attempted to meddle in America's 2016 presidential election. However, Russia has denied the allegations.

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Wednesday, Trump told CBS that he has "no confidence in Clapper".

Members of Congress from both parties have suggested possible legislation to toughen USA sanctions against Russian Federation and enhance election security ahead of November's midterm voting.

The New York Times' Maggie Haberman asked Sanders if Trump would entertain Putin's proposal to question former USA ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul, and busniessman Bill Browder.

Asked if he agreed with USA intelligence assessments that Russian Federation meddled in the election in 2016, Trump replied: "Yeah, and I've said that before, Jeff".

"And I think President Putin knows that better than anybody", Trump said.

CHANG: All right, to talk more about all of this we've got NPR's Scott Horsley on the line, who joins us from the White House. "Big results will come!"

"I don't want to get into whether or not he's lying", Mr. Trump said. "There's a lot of people out there".

Yet the president's support held firm among the Republican rank-and-file, especially from members of the hardline conservative House Freedom Caucus. In the face of withering backlash among even those in his own party, Mr. Trump on Tuesday said he misspoke, attempting to clarify that he believed the intelligence community.

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