Trump talks tougher, now says he warned Putin on meddling
- Author: Jon Douglas Jul 21, 2018,
Jul 21, 2018, 0:41
Donald Trump has claimed Russian hackers are no longer meddling in United States affairs despite intelligence sources suggesting otherwise.
Criticism of the summit continued well into Wednesday after White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that Trump would "meet with his team" to discuss a proposal from Putin that would allow Russia to interrogate some USA citizens, including former US ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul.
"Because he's in charge of the country". Mr. Trump has contradicted Coats recently, telling "CBS Evening News" anchor Jeff Glor that he doesn't know if he necessarily agrees with Coats' warning about the "critical" threat of potentially devastating cyberattacks targeting US systems.
"It's going to bring our manufacturing base back", he said.
JEFF GLOR: But you haven't condemned Putin specifically. "We're not going to have it, and that's the way it's going to be".
"I had a chance to speak with the president after his comments, and the president was - said, "Thank you very much, ' and was saying 'no" to answering questions", Sanders said.
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Despite numerous warning from members of Congress, Trump attended the two-hour meeting with Putin alone, save for U.S. State Department interpreter Marina Gross. Sanders insists that there's no daylight between Trump and the intelligence community, who are on the lookout for Russian election interference and, she says, doing what they can to prevent it.
Democrats say the woman who translated for President Trump - and the notes she took during the meeting - could provide critical information about what transpired.
Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats has since reiterated his support of the conclusions of multiple intelligence agencies that Russians meddled in the election. Sanders also said the White House believes the Russian threat of targeting United States elections "still exists".
Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) was even more forceful in threatening the president if the administration agrees with Putin's proposal.
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.
"I think by stating the fact that the president said that Russian Federation interfered with our election, that's a pretty bold call-out of another world leader", Sanders said. I think it was a strong news conference. "Many positive things will come out of that meeting".