Published: Thu, July 19, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Donald Trump Says Russia Not Targeting the US Anymore

Donald Trump Says Russia Not Targeting the US Anymore

After 27 hours of near-universal condemnation, President Trump claimed Tuesday he simply misspoke in Helsinki when he said, "I don't see any reason why it would" be Russian Federation that interfered in the USA election.

Corker has always been one of the few Republicans in Congress willing to stand up and say when he thinks the President is wrong.

But White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said hours later that she had talked with the president and he had instead being saying "no" to taking further questions from reporters.

On October 7, 2016, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Department of Homeland Security jointly stated that the U.S. Intelligence Community was confident that the Russian Government directed recent hacking of e-mails with the intention of interfering with the U.S. election process.

Colbert then joked Trump may start using this switcheroo technique to change other concerning things he's said.

"Thank you very much", Trump said to the reporter.

Trump said before the Cabinet meeting, "There's never been a president as tough on Russian Federation as I have been", citing economic sanctions.

"While the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting in Brussels was an acknowledged triumph, with billions of dollars more being put up by member countries at a faster pace, the meeting with Russian Federation may prove to be, in the long run, an even greater success", Trump tweeted ahead of a planned meeting of his cabinet later in the morning.

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In rebutting Mr Trump's dismissive comments about United States intelligence on Monday, Mr Coats said in a statement: "We have been clear in our assessments of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and their ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy".

The president also cast doubt on the us intelligence community when he spoke with CBS Evening News anchor Jeff Glor before the summit in Finland.

"The sentence should have been: "I don't see any reason why I wouldn't" or "why it wouldn't be Russia".

"I think that probably clarifies things", he said.

Mr Trump declared that the investigation into Moscow's alleged meddling in the U.S. election had been a "disaster" for the US.

"The only reason there was a walk-back is that the president was forced by pressure from many of my Republican friends here, from his allies in the media, and his own White House staff", Schumer said on the Senate floor.

"In the meantime", McConnell said, "I think the Russians need to know that there are a lot of us who fully understand what happened in 2016, and it really better not happen again in 2018". John McCain of Arizona, who called Trump's remarks in Helsinki "one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory".

Trump's comments saw a major backlash, even inviting criticism from his fellow Republicans and supporters.

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