During a Cabinet meeting in the White House, reporters asked Trump if he believed Russian Federation was still trying to interfere in United States elections, after which the president said "no".
During the Cabinet meeting, Mr. Trump otherwise talked more broadly about his Europe trip, mentioning the summit with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders in Brussels, his visit to the United Kingdom and meeting with Putin, saying "incredible progress" had been made.
"I don't want to get into whether or not he's lying".
He didn't reverse other statements in which he gave clear credence to Putin's "extremely strong and powerful" denial of Russian involvement, raised doubts about his own intelligence agencies' conclusions and advanced discredited conspiracy theories about election meddling.
"Say that again", National Intelligence Director Dan Coats responded, when informed of the invitation during an appearance at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado. "So when they tell me something it means a lot".More news: Donald Trump invites Vladimir Putin to visit Washington in autumn
He added that he stood behind the USA intelligence agencies' assessment of Moscow's election meddling.
He also said that Moscow's offer of assistance in the investigation of Russian military intelligence officials indicted in the USA on espionage charges, was "not high on our list of investigative techniques".
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"I think I did great at the news conference", he said, later adding: "I don't know what the fuss is all about". I will say this.
The president's words follow a string of seemingly contradictory statements regarding Russian Federation - specifically whether or not Moscow meddled in the 2016 USA presidential election.
"He likes President Xi, he likes Erdogan - who I think is the most risky guy in the world", Bannon said, referring to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey. There's no rush. There's no missiles going off.
"The overall assertions that have come out of the Russian government are absolutely absurd: the fact that they want to question 11 American citizens and the assertions that the Russian government is making about those American citizens", spokeswoman Heather Nauert told reporters. There is no rush, but we would like to see the denuclearization of North Korea.More news: Trump ready to go all-in on taxing Chinese imports
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., came out a strong critic of Republican lawmakers who did not rebuke the president.
Sanders repeated that Trump was not answering the question posed in the Cabinet meeting earlier, and said Vega didn't understand his response because she asked a follow-up question.
Earlier the White House denied that Trump said that Russian Federation was no longer targeting the USA, saying his answer "no" was about taking further questions not about potential interference in US elections.
When asked whether there was a recording of the Trump-Putin meeting, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said "I'm not aware of one", and referred further questions to the State Department. "I don't see any reason why it would be".
Instead, standing next to Putin Trump cast doubt on the agencies.
Although a small number of Republicans defended Trump's performance at the press conference such as Rand Paul, a senator from Kentucky.More news: Russian Federation says Putin, Trump discussed referendum in Ukraine