Trump says he doesn't think Russian Federation is still targeting U.S

Posted July 21, 2018

Bill Browder, whose actions standing up to Russian President Vladimir Putin led to the Magnitsky Act, was called out in Wednesday's White House press briefing over the possibility of President Trump allowing Russia to question USA officials.

"Moreover, Sanders said Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin had made it clear that they discussed election meddling".

Trump appears to contradict DNI Dan Coats' assessment of ongoing efforts by Russian Federation to interfere in USA elections; Peter Doocy reports from the White House.

When asked if he would accept Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats' assessment that Russian Federation is engaged in "ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine [American] democracy", Trump answered: "Well, I'd accept it".

In a CBS interview with anchor Jeff Glor, Trump said that he held Putin "personally responsible" for the election interference. "I was in the room as well and I didn't take it the way you did". And it why I believe we are at a critical point'. It would allow Special Counsel Robert Mueller's prosecutors to question alleged Russian intelligence agents accused of hacking Democrat emails, but would also give Russian prosecutors access to United States officials allegedly involved with oligarch Bill Browder's tax crimes - notably, former United States ambassador to Moscow, Michael McFaul.

On Twitter, Mr Trump said his critics were suffering from "Trump Derangement Syndrome".

The new Times report came after Trump was criticized by many, including Republican lawmakers, for apparently siding with Moscow at a joint press conference with Putin on Monday.

The renowned "stable genius" said people's attacks on him should be named "Trump Derangement Syndrome", since they would clearly rather go to war than see him get on with Mr Putin.

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"My people came to me - Dan Coats came to me, some others - they said they think it's Russia", Trump said.

"The president thinks that we have to focus on securing our election integrity and our election systems, which is why he has spent so much time with his administration making sure that this doesn't happen again", said Sanders.

But, he added: "I think it was, what, $100,000 worth of Facebook ads?"

Asked if a recording of the meeting existed, Sanders said: "I'm not aware of one". "The sentence should have been, 'I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be Russian Federation'".

"The president and his administration are working very hard to make sure that Russian Federation is unable to meddle in our elections as they have done in the past", Mrs Sanders said at a news briefing on Wednesday. "We're not going to have it, and that's the way it's going to be".

He also accused past American leaders, rather than Russia's destabilizing actions in the USA and around the world, for the souring of relations between two countries.

Even then, Trump made only a narrow retreat on Tuesday, saying he misspoke a single word in Helsinki.