Trump takes U-turn, blames Putin for 2016 USA poll meddling

Trump takes U-turn, blames Putin for 2016 USA poll meddling

"I'm pretty sure President Trump has plenty of political rivals", Putin said. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, who said she spoke with Trump about his answer, said the President wasn't responding "no" to the question, but was declining to answer it when he said "no".

According to the President of the United States, Russia is done attacking the United States' voting process as a way to sow broader discord and doubt about Western democracies.

President Donald Trump is defending his Helsinki summit with Russia's president as a "great success" and blaming what he calls "the Fake News Media" for contrary views.

Mr. Trump also expressed confidence in Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, whose dire warnings about USA hacking vulnerabilities he had questioned in a previous interview. Lindsey Graham pointed to "a big discrepancy" between what they believed Trump said Wednesday and Coats' warning.

"I feel really good the language we have could pass. The system is blinking", and that "today, the digital infrastructure that serves this country is literally under attack".

He acknowledged the assessments made by United States intelligence agencies, which held Russian Federation responsible for meddling in the presidential election. Sanders insists that there's no daylight between Trump and the intelligence community, who are on the lookout for Russian election interference and, she says, doing what they can to prevent it.

During the press briefing, Sanders said Trump was saying "no" to taking more questions, not answering Vega. "So I have the same questions". But if you listen to the tape of the back-and-forth, Vega is the only person asking a question and there's not much din in the room that would have made it hard for Trump to hear.

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Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are forging ahead with plans to push back on the fallout from President Donald Trump's comments at a news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, as lawmakers once again Wednesday are feeling the whiplash of the President's inconsistent comments on Russia. "We believe that the threat still exists".

So far, Trump has said that it was a great meeting and that the USA relationship with Russian Federation was finally improving as a result of his diplomacy. All three have been vociferous critics of the president - after the president's press conference in Helsinki, Brennan said Mr. Trump's performance was "nothing short of treasonous".

Faced with outrage at home, Trump said Tuesday that he accepted the intelligence community's assessment that Russian Federation had meddled in the election.

"I'll take a back seat to no one in the United States Senate on challenging what happened at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, what happened in Helsinki", Sen. And he can't take that.

The White House is likely to block the move, arguing that the president is not required to reveal private conversations and that an aide, such as a translator, should not be compelled to do so. The day after he tried to quiet a political uproar over his failure to confront Russian President Vladimir Putin during their Helsinki summit over 2016 U.S. election meddling, Trump adopted his defiant posture and dismissed assessments of Russia from the intelligence community.

A White House meeting would be a dramatic extension of legitimacy to the Russian leader, who has always been isolated by the West for activities in Ukraine, Syria and beyond and is believed to have interfered in the 2016 presidential election that sent Trump to the presidency.

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