Trump offers fresh defence of summit with Putin

Hannah Rogers
July 21, 2018

CBS Evening News anchor Jeff Glor asked Trump. So certainly as the leader of the country you would have to hold him responsible. "I take a back seat on no one on pressing this administration for some of the worst things that I've seen happen in public as it relates to our country".

Trump also said in the television interview that he accepted Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats' assessment that Russian Federation continues to be a threat to US elections. "I said the word "would" instead of 'wouldn't, '" Trump told reporters at the White House.

At the press conference Trump failed to challenge Putin over the 2016 presidential election, seeming to accept at face value the strongman's denial that Moscow interfered in a bid to undermine Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

"He is consumed with talk of no collusion", another official said, saying Trump had repeated it all day and "thinks it's the answer to everything".

U.S. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats told a congressional committee in February that he already had seen evidence Russian Federation was targeting U.S. elections in November, when Republican control of the House of Representatives and Senate are at stake, plus a host of positions in state governments.

He also spoke for equality, saying that "I would have thought we had figured that out by now".

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., who is co-sponsoring bipartisan legislation meant to ratchet up sanctions on Russian Federation if it interferes in future elections, said Trump's assessment was "not true, it's not accurate". I will say this: "I don't see any reason why it would be".

USA intelligence officials have said Russian election interference efforts are continuing and now target the upcoming congressional elections in November.

Donald Trump is the 'blame America first' president
Russian Federation has used election meddling before to undermine public confidence in democratically elected governments. The CNN anchor said Trump was like "Rain Man " in the way he returns to the subject of Hillary Clinton's email server.

"We wouldn't actually spend as much time and effort as we are if we didn't believe that [Russia is] still looking at us", she said.

Handley, who retired as a chief petty officer, said she started serving under President Ronald Reagan.

Hours later, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that Trump was answering a different question and that "we believe the threat still exists".

But Mr Trump is known for weathering a storm, and even Trump Derangement Syndrome may not be able to bring him down.

President Donald Trump says on Twitter that Russian Federation has pledged to help in high-stakes negotiations with North Korea, but he's giving no details on how and when that might lead to removal of the North's nuclear armaments. I will say this: "I don't see any reason why it would be", Trump said.

Trump's comments were the latest in a dizzying collection of conflicting statements from Trump since he emerged from a private meeting with President Vladimir Putin of Russian Federation on Monday in Helsinki. But he also said that "other people" could have been involved, a statement echoing past remarks casting doubt on Russia's role. "A lot of people out there". There was also information gathered from a top-secret source close to Putin, which outlined the Kremlin's plan to sway the 2016 election, the report said.

"The president has made clear to Valdimir Putin that he should stay out of USA elections", Sanders was quoted as saying by Reuters.

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