President Vladimir Putin's offer to help the USA investigate alleged Russian election meddling, hailed as an "incredible" gesture by Donald Trump, included the same allegations made by a Kremlin-linked lawyer at a controversial 2016 meeting with top campaign officials of the future president. The statement comes on the heels of the president's refusal to criticize Putin in a press conference on Monday and days of shifting narratives from Trump about whether or not Russian Federation targeted the U.S.
Trump on Tuesday tried to walk back comments that he believed Russian President Vladimir Putin over American intelligence chiefs on Russian interference in the 2016 election. Sanders also said the White House believes the Russian threat to target American elections "still exists".
"It seemed to me, my impression was that the US side listened ... with interest", Antonov said.
When asked if he holds Putin personally responsible for the election interference, Trump said he does, but declined to say whether Putin had lied. "You know the president can do more damage in 15 minutes at a press conference than we can undo in six months of passing resolutions".
But even while walking back numerous answers he gave Monday, Trump still defended his performance at the Helsinki press conference.More news: UK's May faces fresh revolt over Brexit trade bill vote
"Well, I accept. I mean, he's an expert", Mr. Trump said Wednesday.
Hall, who is also a CNN analyst, expressed his concerns in an op-ed about the Trump-Putin summit before the meeting happened.
However, senior U.S. military officials on Wednesday said they had no information about any such deals, the Washington Post reported.
Mr Trump responded by talking about what he called a missing Democratic National Committee server.More news: Blue Origin Successfully Launches New Shepard Rocket for High-Altitude Emergency Abort Test
The news agency Associated Press (AP) quoted him as saying that he had a question "on Syria's nuclear policy" and the nuclear arsenals of the United States and Russian Federation.
Mr. Trump said he believes it's "true" Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 election and said he directly warned Putin against interfering in US elections during their one-on-one meeting in Helsinki, Finland, on Monday. On July 13, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats warned of Russian cyber-intrusions - likening the situation to the period before 9/11. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland to slap Russian Federation or other countries with sanctions if they're caught purchasing election ads, using social media to spread false information or disrupting election infrastructure.
Earlier this week, Trump held a historic summit with the Russian President. I think it was a strong news conference. But Ryan said the GOP-led committee found the Intelligence Community employed poor methodology in reaching that conclusion, referring additional questions to the committee.
White House officials did not elaborate on how Mr Trump came to issue the clarification, but administration aides described being stunned by his initial remarks Monday. "There are lots of people out there".
Rosenstein said he briefed Trump about the indictment before Friday's announcement and that the timing was determined by 'the facts, the evidence, and the law'.More news: Kawhi Leonard Holdout Would Cost Him His Free Agency