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The White House denied that U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that Russian Federation was no longer targeting the United States, saying his answer "no" was about taking questions not about potential interference in U.S. elections.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hands as they hold a joint news conference after their meeting in Helsinki, Finland, July 16, 2018.

Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday pushed for Congress to subpoena Donald Trump's interpreter, amid a growing sense of alarm over the private summit in Helsinki between the USA president and Russia's Vladimir Putin.

During a cabinet meeting later in the day, a journalist asked Mr Trump if Russian Federation was still targeting the US.

During the Cabinet meeting, after the exchange with ABC News' Vega, the president went on to tell reporters that there's "never been a president as tough on Russian Federation as I have been".

One day after his half-hearted attempt to swell the growing outcry over his conduct at Monday's summit with Putin, Trump once again denied something that the United States intelligence community has unequivocally stated: Russian Federation is still trying to interfere in our elections.

HORSLEY: Ailsa, I have to tell you there was considerable skepticism in the briefing room about that explanation. I think that this has gotten totally out of control. Now look, we're also living in a grown-up world.

When told that the press covered the substance and the wording of the press conference accurately, Trump said he did not care what was covered.

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 defended his performance during his much-criticized news conference with Putin after their meeting, saying: "I think I did great at the news conference".

Trump rejected criticism from senior members of even his own party, including Senator Lindsey Graham, who accused him of showing "weakness".

Trump also tweeted on Wednesday that his North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting in Brussels last week was an "acknowledged triumph", adding that his one-on-one with Putin "may prove to be, in the long run, an even greater success".

"I was interpreting what the president's intention was, and stating the administration's policy".

"I totally disagree", Trump said when asked former House Speaker Newt Gingrich had termed it "the most serious mistake in your presidency". "I let him know that we can't have this, we're not going to have it, and that's the way it's going to be".

Donald Trump has claimed Russian hackers are no longer meddling in USA affairs despite intelligence sources suggesting otherwise.

Jackson noted on Twitter that saying no to questions is not how Trump says no to questions.

"In a key sentence in my remarks, I said the word "would" instead of 'wouldn't, '" Trump said.

  • Jon Douglas