Trump calls 'fake news' media 'the real enemy of the people'

Alexei Nikolsky TASS via Getty Images First Lady Melania Trump US President Donald Trump and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin

Alexei Nikolsky TASS via Getty Images First Lady Melania Trump US President Donald Trump and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin

He also took questions about Russia on Wednesday in an interview with CBS News, saying he was "very strong" on the issue of meddling in his recent summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

In an interview with "CBS Evening News," Trump said he agreed with Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, who has repeatedly spoken out about Russia's meddling.

The exchanges came a day after Trump's tortured effort to clarify what he had said in Helsinki on Monday, claiming that he had accidentally used "would" instead of "wouldn't" to describe whether he thought Russian intelligence interfered in the election.

USA intelligence officials have said Russia's efforts to undermine elections are continuing and now target the November 6 congressional races.

"Anything that begins that process is a death sentence for me", Browder told CNN on Thursday.

Trump asserted Wednesday at the White House that no other American president has been as tough on Russian Federation.

"There has never been a president as tough on Russian Federation as I have been", he said.

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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. He said he misspoke by one word when he said he saw no reason to believe Russian Federation had interfered in the 2016 US election. That came just days after National Intelligence Director Dan Coats sounded an alarm, comparing the cyberthreat today to the way USA officials said before 9/11 that intelligence channels were "blinking red" with warning signs that a terror attack was imminent.

Putin raised the idea in his summit talks with President Trump on Monday, according to White House press secretary Sarah Sanders.

The US leader later said he misspoke when he appeared to take Putin's denial of interference at face value and said he accepted the US intelligence community's view that Moscow sought to influence the 2016 vote.

It was the second time this week that Trump's words about Russian interference required clarification and revision by the White House. The global auto industry is a complicated checkerboard though, with several foreign firms producing cars in USA states.

But now the dynamic with the former Soviet Union is different, he said, and because of that he trusts that Trump is doing the right thing, even if the end game isn't exactly clear.

"The president is going to meet with his team and we'll let you know when we have an announcement on that", Sanders said.

That rhetoric marked a turnabout from Trump's first, upbeat description of his sit-down with Putin. -Russian relations, a US judge on Wednesday ordered Maria Butina, an accused Russian agent, jailed until her trial after American prosecutors argued she has ties to Russian intelligence and could flee the United States. Numerous stories written about me, and the good people surrounding me, are total fiction. Lindsey Graham pointed to "a big discrepancy" between what they believed Trump said Wednesday and Coats' warning. He added that it "could be other people also".

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