While taking questions from reporters at a Cabinet meeting, Trump said, "Thank you very much, no," after Cecilia Vega, ABC News' White House correspondent, asked whether the U.S. was still a target of Russian-led cyberattacks and election meddling.
Mr. Trump, in an exclusive interview with Glor, said he has stated "numerous times before" that he agrees Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 election.
"The president said, "Thank you very much, ' and was saying 'no" to answering further questions", Sanders said.
The president's words follow a string of seemingly contradictory statements regarding Russian Federation - specifically whether or not Moscow meddled in the 2016 United States presidential election.
"Well, I would because he's in charge of the country, just like I consider myself to be responsible for things that happen in this country", he said.
USA intelligence officials have said Russian election interference efforts are continuing and now target the upcoming congressional elections in November. I think we did extremely well. They would rather go to war than see this.
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Antonov gave details of their discussions on arms control, but said the US has been reluctant to back Russia's proposals so far. She said the administration is working to make sure Russian Federation doesn't meddle in the 2018 midterm elections.
Despite the apparent disagreement between U.S. intelligence assessments and Putin's denials that Russian Federation had interfered with the 2016 election, Trump stopped short of alleging Putin was lying. "But I can have a lot of confidence in the present and the future, because it's getting to be now where we're putting our people in", Trump said. He denied Russia's accusations and expressed deep concern that the White House failed to defend him.
Trump did this in Helsinki, too, and executed a convoluted walkback of those remarks on Tuesday, saying he misspoke in Finland.
President Trump again expressed confidence in USA intelligence agencies and their assessment of Russian interference Wednesday, but declined to say whether he believes Vladimir Putin was lying when he denied Russia was behind the meddling effort. "We got along well which truly bothered many haters who wanted to see a boxing match".
At a joint news conference with Trump in Helsinki, Putin referred to a treaty with the United States governing legal assistance each country can provide the other in criminal cases, which, according to its text, would not necessarily require that Russians be allowed to directly pose questions on American soil and vice versa. He added that he thinks he's been tougher on Russian Federation and its president, Vladimir Putin, than any other USA president.
"And I think President Putin knows that better than anybody", Trump said.
The Times says Trump first learned of Russia's interference January 6, 2017, two weeks before his inauguration, during a meeting in NY at Trump Tower with then-CIA Director John Brennan; James Clapper, then-director of national intelligence; then-FBI Director James Comey; and Admiral Mike Rogers, then-director of the National Security Agency.