Kentucky's Paul shares Trump's skepticism of USA intervention

As White House Declares Summit a Success, Sanders Rips Trump-Putin Presser as 'Embarrassing Spectacle'

As White House Declares Summit a Success, Sanders Rips Trump-Putin Presser as 'Embarrassing Spectacle'

Later, CBS News chief White House correspondent Major Garrett asked White House press secretary Sarah Sanders about the exchange during the White House briefing: "Cecilia (Vega) asked the president, 'Is Russia still targeting the U.S.?' He said 'No.' Is that what the president actually believes?"

Speaking during a Cabinet meeting at the White House, Trump was asked by a reporter if Russian Federation was still targeting the US.

President Donald Trump gave the go-ahead to announce new Russian election-hacking indictments before his meeting with Vladimir Putin rather than after - in the hopes it would strengthen his hand in the talks, according to accounts from people familiar with the decision.

"I said the word "would" instead of 'wouldn't, '" Mr Trump told reporters at the White House, more than 24 hours after his appearance with Mr Putin. "The president did a good thing by meeting with Putin", Senator Rand Paul told CBS "This Morning" program, comments that won him public thanks from Trump on Twitter.

A day later, Trump walked his statement back, saying he meant to say, "I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be Russia" interfering. I have tremendous faith in Daniel Coats.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., told reporters Tuesday that Russian Federation "did meddle with our elections", and said he would consider further sanctions against Moscow. Does President Trump support that idea? "And in 27 hours, that's the best you could come up with?"

Trump's back-pedaling follows backlash about remarks involving Putin's responsibility that were made at the joint press conference in Helsinki.

And he echoed what he said Tuesday, which at the time he read from prepared remarks: "I do have confidence in our intelligence agencies as now constituted".

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And we are fortunate so many other elected officials are lining up behind Coats. Putin "feels that he has an ally in" Trump "in going after me and the other USA government officials on that list". "And I don't think he's going to lose that core part of his base that was responsible for him winning the primary, that propelled him to winning the general election". The Americans wanted for questioning by Moscow include Michael McFaul, the former United States ambassador to Russian Federation, and American-born financier Bill Browder, who successfully lobbied the U.S. government to impose new sanctions on Moscow.

"We do not stand by those assertions that the Russian government makes", Nauert said.

The White House on Wednesday declined to rule out accepting a Russian proposal for the questioning in the United States of Americans sought by the Kremlin for "illegal activities", including a former US ambassador to Moscow.

Trump retracted his comment on Tuesday, though he immediately undercut that, adding: "Could be other people also".

In the House, Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi staged a vote in support of the intelligence committee's findings that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election.

Schumer also urged the Senate to take up legislation to boost security for USA elections and to revive a measure passed earlier by the Judiciary Committee to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election interference.

"The sentence should have been, 'I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be Russian Federation - sort of a double-negative, '" Trump said. "I think that's an incredible offer".

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