Trump says he told Putin 'we can't have meddling' in USA vote

Saul Bowman
July 21, 2018

Trump made the comment Wednesday while answering questions during a Cabinet meeting.

Asked by reporters whether Russian Federation was still targeting the United States, Mr Trump shook his head and said, "No".

Trump said he had been "very strong on the fact that we can't have meddling, we can't have any of that".

"Some people HATE the fact that I got along well with President Putin of Russian Federation...they would rather go to war than see this".

White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Wednesday that Moscow continues to pose a threat to the USA electoral system, Sputnik reported.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and reporters sparred during the White House press briefing on Wednesday over what President Donald Trump meant when he said "no" earlier in the day.

Even one of Mr Trump's most loyal Republican supporters, Newt Gingrich, said the comments were the "most serious mistake of his presidency".

The president declined to say whether he believed Putin lied to him Monday when he denied Russian involvement in cyberattacks on Democratic party organizations.

"I think we have a deal".

But during his CBS chat on Wednesday, Trump went as far as saying he personally confronted Putin when they met in Helsinki.

"The sentence should have been: "I don't see any reason why I wouldn't" or "why it wouldn't be Russia".

"Well, I accept. I mean, he's an expert", Trump said of Coats.

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he does not believe Russian Federation is still targeting the United States, contradicting U.S. intelligence assessments that Moscow is continuing its attempts to meddle in American elections - a remark White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders later said was misunderstood by the press. "We got along well which truly bothered many haters who wanted to see a boxing match". Not all. And I have to say this, some of the most honourable people I know, some great people, are reporters, journalists.

The exchange raised further questions about Trump's true position on the Kremlin, Russian President Vladimir Putin and the USA intelligence community's consensus that Moscow interfered in the 2016 election and is still trying to undermine American democratic institutions. If he says I would accept, I will tell you, though, it better not be.

Trump's views surrounding election meddling have been repeatedly called into question.

He said the sentence should have been, "I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be Russian Federation", rather than, "I don't see any reason why it would be Russian Federation".

During a news conference after Monday's summit, Mr Trump was asked about alleged Russian meddling in the USA election.

John Thune, the Senate's third-ranking Republican leader, expressed resignation when asked whether he was satisfied with Trump's walk-back of his Helsinki remarks.

The president said on Tuesday that he accepted the U.S. intelligence community's conclusion that the meddling took place.

Kimmel continued, "Now, I've never heard of Trump Derangement Syndrome - I'm not a doctor - but if it is a syndrome named after Donald Trump, I assume it's sexually transmitted".

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