United States election meddling: Trump reverses course again

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The White House said Wednesday that Russian Federation continues to pose a threat to the United States electoral system, just hours after President Donald Trump appeared to dismiss the threat.

"It's imperative we get to the bottom of what is going on so we can be prepared to protect ourselves in advance of the 2018 elections", Graham said. "So, certainly as the leader of a country you would have to hold him responsible, yes", Trump said. "I would, because he's in charge of the country".

The issue of Trump and his views on 2016 election meddling has been under renewed scrutiny since Monday's summit, when the president didn't offer support for US intelligence agencies, which found that Russian Federation interfered in election.

Browder, who as the head of Heritage Capital was once the West's largest investor in Russian Federation, has been called "Putin's nemesis" for his role in successfully pushing through so-called Magnitsky laws in a number of Western nations that impose sanctions on human rights abusers in Russian Federation and other countries.

"Not doing so creates moral equivalency between a legitimate USA indictment of Russian intelligence officers and a insane, completely fabricated story invented by Putin", he said. There's a huge chasm between ripping the president for yielding to Putin over his own intel chiefs and condemning him as some kind of Benedict Arnold.

Asked by a journalist before a morning Cabinet meeting whether Russian Federation was still targeting the United States, Trump looked at the reporter, shook his head and said, "No".

In a later briefing, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders insisted that Trump's "no" actually meant he was not taking any more questions from reporters.

"Trump may well be honest about it, but the fact is that he's behaving like a controlled spy", he said. "Walk this back too".

In an interview with Jeff Glor of CBS Evening News, which was released in part Wednesday evening, Trump was asked whether he holds Putin personally responsible for election meddling in 2016.

"In a key sentence in my remarks I said the word "would" instead of "wouldn't", he said. And the scripted cleanup pertained only to the least defensible of his comments.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein went to Trump last week and offered him the choice: before or after the Putin summit on Monday in Helsinki?

In a possible dig at Mr Trump's unpredictable presidency, Mr Putin vaunted Russia's "consistent, responsible, independent foreign policy".

"And he shouldn't be happy about it because there's never been a president as tough on Russian Federation as I have been".

The muddied waters have deepened critics' concerns that Trump is not taking seriously enough threats to the USA electoral system.

Since the press conference, Trump has refined and sharpened his response.

"Some people HATE the fact that I got along well with President Putin of Russian Federation".

President Donald Trump is claiming that the "Fake News Media wants so badly to see a major confrontation with Russian Federation, even a confrontation that could lead to war".

'My view has not changed, which is that Russian Federation attempted to interfere with the last election and that it continues to engage in malign influence operations to this day, ' Wray said in an interview with Lester Holt of NBC News. Lawmakers have urged Trump to reject the deal.

"I am no admirer of Vladimir Putin", Mr Howard said.

A number of senators are swiftly signing on to a bipartisan bill from Sens.

The president used his favorite form of attack on the press, calling them "the fake news media" to complain that the coverage is 'total fiction'. Robert Mueller wants these 12 individuals brought to the United States to face trial. A similar vote Tuesday in the House failed on a party-line vote.

That is in direct contradiction to a statement his director of national intelligence, Dan Coats, made on Monday.

Arnold Schwarzenegger has been a very vocal opponent of Donald Trump ever since he began his presidential campaign.

The president was responding to a question about whether he thought any USA intelligence agencies were out to get him.

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