Other strategists say Democrats generally are better off backing special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of whether Trump or his associates colluded with Russian Federation to influence the 2016 elections in Trump's favor.
The White House and the U.S. State Department are at odds over an offer by Russian President Vladimir Putin to allow U.S. prosecutors access to 12 Russians accused of hacking the 2016 election if Russian prosecutors who are pursuing Kremlin critic William Browder are allowed to interrogate several Americans.
The interview came at the end of two days of shifting statements on whether Trump agreed with the findings of USA intelligence agencies that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election that sent him to the White House. "But I can have a lot of confidence in the present and the future, because it's getting to be now where we're putting our people in", Trump said.
Since then, Browder has campaigned to punish Russia, Martha MacCallum said, and is considered President Putin's top foreign enemy. He also attacked his Democratic opponents and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and said he held both countries accountable for their state of relations.
Asked by Reuters' Jeff Mason on Monday whether he held Russia accountable for anything, Trump stunned observers when he said he held "both countries responsible" for the deterioration in US-Russia relations. The President also added that the U.S. will allow questioning the Americans over the Hermitage Capital case.
"The President's going to meet with his team and we'll let you know when we have an announcement on that", she said. "Trump is bruised by the idea that Russian election meddling taints his victory, those close to him say, and can't concede the fact that Russia did try to interfere in the election, regardless of whether it impacted the outcome".
"The sentence should have been: "I don't see any reason why I wouldn't" or "why it wouldn't be Russia".
"The president has made clear to Vladimir Putin that he should stay out of U.S. elections", Ms Sanders said.
He asserted at the White House that no other American president has been as tough on Russian Federation.
It was the second time this week that Trump's words about Russian interference required clarification and revision by the White House.
She says the goal of her latest composite is to help readers "stop and think" when it comes to similarities between the two leaders.
But during his CBS chat on Wednesday, Trump went as far as saying he personally confronted Putin when they met in Helsinki.
"This was back in 1980, and I thought back to a previous election where I voted, and I voted for the Communist Party candidate", he said.
Even if Trump is unable to assuage the deep concerns coming from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation partners, Democrats, and within his own party, many of his core supporters that Republicans need to win in November won't be worrying about Russian Federation when they cast their votes. "I think today most people are more concerned with taking care of their families". "There's been no president ever as tough as I have been on Russian Federation", he said.
Democratic lawmakers meanwhile pushed for Congress to subpoena Trump's summit interpreter to find out what transpired during his private meeting with Putin.