White House Still Sees Russian Meddling A Threat

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White House Still Sees Russian Meddling A Threat

The White House said on Wednesday that Russian Federation continues to pose a danger to the U.S. electoral system, just hours after President Donald Trump appeared to dismiss the threat.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he doesn't want to use "adversary" to describe Russia Comey urges Americans to vote for Democrats in midterms Roby wins Alabama GOP runoff, overcoming blowback from Trump criticism MORE was reportedly shown highly classified information more than a year ago proving that Russian President Vladimir Putin personally ordered cyberattacks to interfere with the USA presidential election.

Before the briefing, despite his very convincing insistence that he's Team United States, Trump was asked if he thinks that Russian Federation was still targeting the U.S., which according to intelligence agencies, they are.

That same day, Coats issued a statement strongly rebuking the president: "We have been clear in our assessments of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and their ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy, and we will continue to provide unvarnished and objective evidence in support of our national security".

During the press briefing, Sanders said Trump was saying "no" to taking more questions, not answering Vega.

In a CBS interview with anchor Jeff Glor, Trump said that he held Putin "personally responsible" for the election interference. I will tell you though, it better not be. "We've recently heard that two more people suffered from the same nerve agent that is called Novichok, but I've never even heard the last names of these persons".

Not content to bash public servants, Trump used a question about whether he spoke firmly to Putin to complain about his predecessor.

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John Thune, the Senate's third-ranking Republican leader, expressed resignation when asked whether he was satisfied with Trump's walk-back of his Helsinki remarks.

"Well, I would, because he's in charge of the country". "And I think I can speak as well for all of us to say, and I include Jim Comey in this, the only reason we've spoken out about all this is our genuine concerns about this President and this Presidency and its assaulting values and institutions and standards of this country which collectively we've spent decades defending".

Even though Trump emphasized the word "would" during his press conference, many Trump supporters took the word of the President in believing that he genuinely meant to say "wouldn't".

Trump sparked further fury after publicly accepting Putin's denial of any interference over the assertions of his own intelligence agencies.

"The sentence should have been, 'I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be Russia.' Sort of a double negative", he added. He didn't really finish his statement about his own "strong statement" to Putin, but it seems where he was going with this was to say that we can't expect a strong statement to immediately change things.

Mr. Trump asserted, "Look at what we've done, look at sanctions, look at ambassadors not there, look, unfortunately, at what happened in Syria recently", referring to a missile attack that Mr. Trump ordered in April on Syrian forces in retaliation for killing civilians with chemical weapons.

At the Helsinki news conference, Trump cast doubt on the findings of the agencies.

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