President Trump says he told Putin to end election hacking

Pauline Gross
July 21, 2018

"We need hearings as soon as possible to assess what President Trump might have committed to President Putin in secret", Schumer said.

Yesterday, however, Trump walked back his controversial comment, simply saying that he misspoke and meant to say, "I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be (Russia)". The White House spokesperson emphasized Trump meant he did not want to answer questions. "This is what he does".

"He's an expert, this is what he does, he's been doing a very good job".

President Trump's assertion flies in the face of his own director of national intelligence Dan Coats. I will tell you though, it better not be. He also didn't back down from comments blaming U.S. "foolishness and stupidity" for the deterioration of relations between Washington and Moscow, rather than Moscow's election meddling, its military incursions into Ukraine and Syria, and its hostility toward U.S. North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies.

GLOR: "What did you say to him?"

When asked if he holds Putin personally responsible for the election interference, Trump said he does, but declined to say whether Putin had lied.

Within the (several) emojis in Hayden's response, he said: "I'm not laughing". "I can only say that I do have confidence in our intelligence agencies as now constituted". I think that Dan Coats is excellent. I think that [CIA Director] Gina [Haspel] is excellent. And it why I believe we are at a critical point'. "Because I don't think any of us remember a time when the president has publicly called out Vladimir Putin".

The White House remained non-committal on the Russian proposal to allow investigators from both countries to question suspects under a 1999 treaty, which has the media and at least one former USA official up in arms. Mr. Trump offered a clarification Tuesday that he had misspoken when he said that, and he accepts the findings of his intelligence agencies.

Senator Bob Corker, a Republican who chairs the committee, said he understands the request and was "looking into precedent" to see if it was viable.

Trump later walked back that remark, but lawmakers say they're more anxious about what Trump and Putin might have discussed behind closed doors.

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Trump's views surrounding election meddling have been repeatedly called into question. "No", Mr Trump responded, shaking his head. "I can only say that I do have confidence in our intel agencies as now constituted".

TRUMP: "Well, I would, because he's in charge of the country".

Earlier Wednesday, Mr. Trump sparked confusion about where he stands on whether Russian Federation is continuing to target the USA, given Coats' assessment that the threat to America's digital infrastructure is current.

But White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders later said Trump was actually saying "no" to further questions.

"I totally disagree", Trump said when asked former House Speaker Newt Gingrich had termed it "the most serious mistake in your presidency".

"The president ... was saying "No" to answering questions", Sanders said at a news briefing.

The admission is the latest in a series of reversals in Mr Trump's assessment of Vladimir Putin and Russian meddling.

He clarified his position the following day in a major u-turn by stating he did support the U.S. intelligence agencies after a public backlash.

HORSLEY: He said that he'd given Putin a very strong warning against meddling in the 2018 election. It could be other people, also. "There's a lot of people out there".

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