Donald Trump claims he warned Vladimir Putin against election meddling

Pauline Gross
July 19, 2018

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Trump's remarks after Wednesday's Cabinet meeting, where he appeared to deny the longtime USA foe was still targeting American elections, are just the latest in a growing list of statements that conflict with Coats'.

Jackson then followed up: "But why should this president have any credibility to Americans in what he says if in fact 24 hours later or in this case three hours later the White House comes out and says 'just kidding?'"

"The most important thing that was made at the press conference [in Helsinki on July 16] was Putin's confession, who admitted that Russian Federation had organized a "referendum" in Crimea". Jeff Glor: "But you haven't condemned Putin specifically. So certainly as the leader of a country you would have to hold him responsible, yes", Trump told CBS News in an interview.

"We're going to have a massive effort to try to get to what happened". "Do you hold him personally responsible?"

In an interview set to be broadcast Wednesday evening, the USA president told Jeff Glor of CBS News that he holds Putin responsible "because he's in charge of the country, just like I consider myself to be responsible for things that happen in this country".

The CBS interview came at the end of two days of shifting statements.

Trump on Tuesday said he simply misspoke in Helsinki and accepted the conclusions by USA intelligence agencies that Russian Federation was behind the election hacking, but then on Wednesday he appeared to defend his original remarks.

"And he shouldn't be happy about it because there's never been a president as tough on Russian Federation as I have been".

On Tuesday, he delivered a scripted statement to "clarify" - his word - his remarks Monday.

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Other GOP senators pushed back on the idea that Russian Federation is no longer targeting the U.S. Senate intelligence committee Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., when asked whether there was any doubt that Russian Federation was still targeting upcoming U.S. elections, responded "none", adding Trump "ought to look at the intelligence". He was asked if Russia was still targeting the US and answered "no" - a statement that Morell contended was "flat-out wrong" because the Russians never stopped trying to interfere in the USA democracy.

This, however, seemed to put Trump once again in opposition to USA intelligence agencies, specifically an earlier statement by National Intelligence Director Dan Coats, who said Moscow was involved in "ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy". Trump called the proposal "an incredible offer".

"The president is wrong", GOP Sen. "That was a big factor", Trump said.

Trump has refined and sharpened his presentation since Helsinki.

Putin warned however of the dangers of Moscow and Washington failing to continue to mend ties, saying the New START strategic arms reduction treaty would expire soon unless both countries took action. "He (Putin) feels strongly about and I feel strongly about it, so that's good".

Trump asserted Wednesday at the White House that no other American president has been as tough on Russian Federation. But I'm telling you today, I trust US intelligence. The global auto industry is a complicated checkerboard though, with several foreign firms producing cars in US states.

Trump also said he misspoke during Monday's joint press conference with Putin and meant to say there was no reason "it wouldn't be Russia" behind election meddling. In exchange, Putin wants Russian interviews of Americans accused by the Kremlin of unspecified crimes. 'The president is going to meet with his team and we'll let you know when we have an announcement on that, ' Sanders said.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders clarified on Wednesday that that the president and his administration are "working very hard to make sure that Russian Federation is unable to meddle in our elections".

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Wednesday evening.

Lawmakers have urged Trump to reject the deal. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., who heads up the GOP's campaign arm.

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