White House Clarifies Trump Remarks on Russia: 'Threat Still Exists'
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Jul 21, 2018,
Jul 21, 2018, 0:36
In light of White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders falsely denying that President Donald Trump said "no" when asked if Russian Federation is still targeting the US, The View co-host Sunny Hostin asked, "How can Sarah Sanders just lie like that?"
President Donald Trump said Wednesday that Russian Federation isn't now targeting the USA, diverging from a public statement his own intelligence director made two days earlier.
The remark generated headlines in U.S. media, because such an assessment would contradict the views of USA intelligence chief Dan Coats, who said on Monday that Russian Federation was involved in "ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy".
"The president said, "Thank you very much, ' and was saying 'no" to answering further questions", Sanders said. "So if you believe USA intelligence agencies, is Putin lying to you?" "I think the hysteria that came from the opposition party media, the full meltdown, missed the big picture". "We continue to urge Russian authorities to work with the US Department of Justice to pursue those in Russia who in fact perpetrated the fraudulent scheme that Russia refers to that targeted not only Mr Browder, but also his company and. the Russian people as a whole".
"It's sort of a double negative", Trump said.
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Mr Trump also appeared to blame the USA , rather than Russian Federation , for the strained relations between the two nations. Still, remember, the most important thing is that there was no collusion.
"My people came to me - Dan Coats came to me, some others - they said they think it's Russian Federation".
With a firestorm raging over the summit - and particularly the press conference that followed in which Trump failed to confront Putin or hold him to account - the United States president backpedaled on Tuesday.
"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. "We're not going to have it, and that's the way it's going to be". "I think I'm speaking for John Brennan and Mike Hayden, it's nearly a badge of honor, when the President sees fit to go after individual private citizens", said Clapper.
"I have President Putin - he just said it's not Russia", Trump said in Helsinki.
At the Helsinki news conference, Trump cast doubt on the findings of the agencies.
Nauert noted that a U.S. federal court had already rejected Russia's charges regarding British businessman and vocal Kremlin critic Bill Browder.
Donald Trump has claimed Russian hackers are no longer meddling in U.S. affairs despite intelligence sources suggesting otherwise.