Trump Again Contradicts Intelligence Officials, Says Russia Not Targeting U.S.

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As Putin looked on beside him, Trump said, "I have President Putin; he just said it's not Russian Federation".

Previously when asked by reporters before a Cabinet meeting whether Moscow was still targeting the U.S., Trump shook his head and said, "No".

Steve Bannon, the former White House Chief Strategist and CEO of Trump campaign, said Trump didn't need to walk-back his comments made during a joint news conference on Monday with Russian president Vladimir Putin.

"Very strong on the fact that we can't have meddling, we can't have any of that".

However, during a White House news briefing later Wednesday, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump's words were misinterpreted. Ms Sanders said Mr Trump meant he did not want to answer questions.

"We do not stand by those assertions that the Russian government makes", Nauert said. I think we did extremely well.

USA lawmakers are calling for a court demand to be issued for the notes of the United States translator who accompanied Mr Trump to his two-hour meeting with Mr Putin. I will say this: "I don't see any reason why it would be".

"I have full faith and support for America's great intelligence agencies, I always have", Mr. Trump said.

Schumer said the American people need more information on anything Trump promised Russian President Vladimir Putin, following a press conference Monday where Trump appeared to downplay the USA intelligence community's assessment that Russia interfered with the last U.S. presidential election and that Trump said Putin was "extremely strong and powerful" in his denial of responsibility.

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That all changed when Putin became president again later that year, and the Kremlin "actively sought to discredit and undermine him", according to McFaul's book From Cold War to Hot Peace: An American Ambassador in Putin's Russian Federation.

"We're going to have a massive effort to try to get to what happened".

"You know, Clapper wrote me a handsome letter when I first went to office and it was really nice and all of the sudden he's haywire", Trump said. "I was in the room as well and I didn't take it the way you did".

The talks have landed President Trump in controversy after he said he "misspoke" when he said he didn't accept the findings of the United States intelligence agencies about Russian interference. "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.

On Tuesday, Mr Trump said he had reviewed the transcript and realised he needed to clarify.

But even while walking back numerous answers he gave Monday, Trump still defended his performance at the Helsinki press conference.

He has said having a good relationship with Russian Federation is good for the US.

Mr. Trump called Brennan a "low-life" in Wednesday's interview, saying that "in the past, it's been bad".

Russian President Vladimir Putin offered to allow the USA access to Russians accused of election meddling in return for interviews of Americans accused by the Kremlin of unspecified crimes.

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