President Trump Says He Holds Putin 'Responsible' for Election Meddling

President Trump Says He Holds Putin 'Responsible' for Election Meddling

President Trump Says He Holds Putin 'Responsible' for Election Meddling

When President Donald Trump said "no" to a reporter who asked if he thinks Russian Federation still is targeting USA elections, he meant that he would not take any questions, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said at today's press briefing.

After a Cabinet meeting in the White House, Trump was asked by a reporter if Russian Federation was still targeting the United States, and he responded, "No", directly contradicting what his director of national intelligence, Dan Coats, said Monday.

Trump also contended anew on Wednesday that no other US president has been "as tough on Russia as I have been", telling reporters Russian President Vladimir Putin is aware of his alleged toughness. "There's been no president ever as tough as I have been on Russian Federation", he said.

Less than 24 hours after proclaiming Tuesday his "full faith and support for America's great intelligence agencies", Trump at first seemed to contradict those agencies once again.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., told reporters Tuesday that Russian Federation "did meddle with our elections", and said he would consider further sanctions against Moscow.

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Moscow has also been refuting these allegations. "This was the reason behind Trump's wish to meet with Putin", the expert concluded.

The US intelligence agencies believe that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 presidential elections won by President Donald Trump.

Some Democrats cast Trump's remarks as only the latest worrisome signal of the president's loyalties. If he says I would accept, I will tell you, though, it better not be.

He also said he misspoke when he suggested otherwise in a widely criticized press conference with Putin on Monday.

"It's imperative we get to the bottom of what is going on so we can be prepared to protect ourselves in advance of the 2018 elections", Graham said.

But as the White House considers the possibility, McFaul said he still had confidence that USA officials will eventually deny Russia's "crazy scheme".

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At Wednesday's meeting, Mr. Trump also previewed a "big" announcement on the administration's workforce training initiatives, an agenda item his eldest daughter and White House adviser Ivanka Trump has been working closely on. "We just have to find a way to get it going", said Rubio, who predicted the measure could get a veto-proof 85 votes in the Senate.

Trump also accused past American leaders, rather than Russia's destabilizing actions in the usa and around the world, for the souring of relations between two countries. Lindsey Graham, a Republican from SC, said he was happy to hear that Sanders had clarified Trump's comment.

President Trump with Russian President Valdimir Putin on Monday.

Russian media has said McFaul was named as a "person of interest" in the ongoing investigation into Browder and related matters.

Schumer also urged the Senate to take up legislation to boost security for US elections and to revive a measure passed earlier by the Judiciary Committee to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election interference. It's a view held by few others in Washington, and a key reason Paul has nurtured a close relationship with the president and defended him from criticism after the Helsinki summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. "So you can put that in, and I think that probably clarifies things pretty good".

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