Trump's mixed messages on Russian Federation renew doubts on what he thinks

Marsha Scott
July 21, 2018

Grassley talked to reporters after that exchange became national news as it appeared that the President had just contradicted his own Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats.

Bill Browder, whose actions standing up to Russian President Vladimir Putin led to the Magnitsky Act, was called out in Wednesday's White House press briefing over the possibility of President Trump allowing Russia to question US officials.

"Russia has agreed to help with North Korea, where relationships with us are very good and the process is moving along", he said.

"We never said, 'Just kidding, '" she said, adding: "You can take the fact that the president has credibility because he saw that he had misspoken, and he wanted to clarify that yesterday, which he did".

Although, despite his admission about Russian interference and meddling, Trump said: "It could be other people also".

At the start of a Cabinet meeting, a reporter asked, "Is Russia still targeting the U.S., Mr. President?" He answered: "Thank you very much, no". "No", Mr Trump responded, shaking his head.

"No, you don't believe that to be the case?" the reporter asked over the din.

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White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders, in the face of repeated questioning from reporters, insisted that Trump was saying "no" to further questions from reporters and not replying to the query about Russian Federation.

Sanders, however, said that the president's "no" was in response to another question.

In a joint news conference at the Finnish Presidential Palace, Trump said he did not "see any reason why" Russian Federation would have meddled in the 2016 election - a remark that surprised many because it's in direct conflict with the conclusions of the entire USA intelligence community.

Donald Trump's face time with Russian President Vladimir Putin was, uh, historic to say the least.

"This is a moment where we should have access to what happened in that private meeting", Booker said. What they did hear is a statement he made to Putin's very close friend. Coats maintained just last week that Russian Federation was still a security threat to the U.S. A day later, the President claimed that he misspoke Monday and simply left out the word, "not".

"The meeting between President Putin and myself was a great success, except in the Fake News Media", the 72-year-old U.S. leader tweeted. So once again we had the appearance of friction between the president and the intelligence community.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin shake hands during a joint news conference after their meeting in Helsinki, Finland, July 16, 2018.

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