Trump Again Breaks With Intel Chief Over Russia

President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin speak at a summit

President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin speak at a summit

"Directly contradicted by DNI Coats, who just sounded the alarm about Russia's 'ongoing, ' pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy".

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters at a news briefing hours later that the president's "no" was not in answer to a reporter's question, "Is Russia still targeting the USA?"

She said the threat to the USA electoral system "still exists, which is why we are taking steps to prevent it".

"If we're in the majority, we'll probably be more effective and you'd see a lot stronger things protecting American security than you will with this majority, which seems so afraid of President Trump".

President Donald Trump spoke to members of the media as he met with members of Congress in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Tuesday, in Washington. "Look at what we've done".

Following a one-on-one meeting with Putin in Helsinki on Monday, Trump denigrated American intelligence institutions in defence of assertions by Putin that Russian Federation was not involved in attempts to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. Sanders said Trump believes the threat from Russian Federation to undermine those elections still exists. "He understands it, and he's not happy about it".

The meet and greet clip begins with Mr Putin and Mr Trump exchanging a handshake.

The two presidents held a two-hour closed-door negotiation with no other officials present save for the leaders' interpreters.

In the meantime, lawmakers were left trying to interpret what Trump said. Sen.

"We certainly believe we are taking steps so they can not do it again", Sanders said. Bob Corker (Republican-Tennessee) during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, February 16, 2017. He denied Russia's accusations and expressed deep concern that the White House failed to defend him.

"It was the grilling you'd expect Trump to have given".

"While the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting in Brussels was an acknowledged triumph, with billions of dollars more being put up by member countries at a faster pace, the meeting with Russian Federation may prove to be, in the long run, an even greater success", Trump tweeted.

The president goes on to say in the interview that he "would accept" Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats' assessment that Russian Federation continues to be engaged in "ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our Democracy" after earlier Wednesday contradicting Coats in saying that he does not think Russian Federation is still targeting the U.S. I don't see any reason why it would be'.

But in the course of the morning, the people around Trump, and perhaps some of his congressional allies, prevailed upon him to attempt some damage control on one key issue, instead of the usual aggressive spluttering.

"This body must reaffirm that we stand with the men and women of the Department of Justice, who have brought these 12 indictments against individuals from the Russian Federation who interfered with our elections", Flake said in a statement.

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