Trump passes up opportunity to call Putin a liar

Marsha Scott
July 21, 2018

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday insisted his summit with Vladimir Putin had been a success, despite the uproar over his apparent acceptance of the Russian leader's denial of election meddling - and criticism of his convoluted efforts to explain away his comments.

Trump was roundly criticized for that news conference Monday in which he appeared to go along with Putin's claim that Russian Federation did not interfere in the 2016 election.

"I think that by stating the fact that the president said that Russian Federation interfered with our election, that's a pretty bold call out of another world leader", Sanders said.

The Press Secretary said Trump and his administration are "working very hard to make sure that Russian Federation is unable to meddle as they have done in the past".

In a new interview with CBS Evening News, Trump once again supported the findings from USA intelligence that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 election that saw him rise to power.

But White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said later that Mr. Trump was saying "no" to answer reporters' questions. I will say this: "I don't see any reason why it would be", Trump said. "This is what he does". "When they tell me something, it means a lot". "It better not be". She went on to say, "He does believe that they would target, certainly, [the] US election". "Just like I consider myself to be responsible for things that happen in this country", Trump said in the CBS Evening News interview.

"Very strong on the fact that we can't have meddling, we can't have any of that".

"You know, Clapper wrote me a handsome letter when I first went to office and it was really nice and all of the sudden he's haywire", Trump said.

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The press conference in Helsinki was one of the "most disgraceful performances" by an American president in memory, Republican Senator John McCain had said.

"I think I did great at the news conference", he said, later adding: "I don't know what the fuss is all about". I think that this has gotten totally out of control.

Sanders repeated that Trump was not answering the question posed in the Cabinet meeting, saying that Vega didn't understand his response because she had asked a follow-up question.

The New York Times cited several people who attended a highly classified intelligence briefing January 6, 2017 who confirmed Trump was told about Putin's involvement.

"The president. was saying "No" to answering questions", Ms Sanders said. Mr. Trump offered a clarification Tuesday that he had misspoken when he said that, and he accepts the findings of his intelligence agencies.

"I've always wanted to do an interview, because look, there's been no collusion", Trump said.

"Sorry, Hallie, go ahead if you want", said Fabian.

"The warning lights are blinking red again", Coats said. He also didn't back down from comments blaming U.S. "foolishness and stupidity" for the deterioration of relations between Washington and Moscow, rather than Moscow's election meddling, its military incursions into Ukraine and Syria, and its hostility toward U.S. North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies.

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