White House insists Trump believes Russian Federation still a threat

White House insists Trump believes Russian Federation still a threat

White House insists Trump believes Russian Federation still a threat

Among several Americans who the Russian Prosecutor's Office has said it wants to interrogate in connection with its case against Browder is the former US ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul, who on July 17 called on the State Department to "push back" against the Russian interrogation requests.

The press conference in Helsinki was one of the "most disgraceful performances" by an American president in memory, Republican Senator John McCain had said.

"I let him know we can't have this".

On Tuesday, Mr Trump said he misspoke during Monday's summit when he appeared to side with Mr Putin over claims of Kremlin meddling in U.S. elections.

Even Republican lawmakers who accepted Trump's Tuesday walkback, when he explained that he misspoke when he said he had no reason to believe Russian Federation was involved in election interference, sounded the alarm yesterday. In response, Trump said his "people came to me" and said "they think it's Russian Federation".

"What I was totally flabbergasted by was that the White House would not defend me", McFaul said.

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"There has never been a president as tough on Russian Federation as I have been", he said. "And there's been no president ever as tough as I have been on Russia", Trump said before the Cabinet meeting, adding that Putin "understands it and he's not happy about it". She said Trump was answering "no" to reporters' requests to ask questions - not to whether he believes Russian Federation is still targeting the United States.

On Tuesday, the US President said that he believes in the assessment of his intelligence agencies that Russian Federation interfered in American elections in 2016 and his remarks contrary to this a day earlier in Helsinki was a case of misspeaking.

As for Trump's "no" to question about Russian interference, the White House said he was refusing to take reporters' questions - not denying Russian meddling. "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".

Less than 24 hours after proclaiming Tuesday his "full faith and support for America's great intelligence agencies", Trump at first seemed to contradict those agencies once again. And so if Putin really wants to get hold of me to do all this questioning that he's talking about, he's actually approached the wrong head of state.

Lawmakers also piled on the criticism, with some suggesting it may be grounds for removing Trump from office.

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"I totally disagree", Trump said when asked former House Speaker Newt Gingrich had termed it "the most serious mistake in your presidency". He may have been pressured into saying it-not just by the media furor but by Mike Pence, John Kelly, Mike Pompeo and John Bolton, according to reports-but he said it nonetheless.

Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress, called Trump a "traitor" at Tuesday's protest in front of the White House.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell issued strong words of support for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies that Trump had criticised during an alliance summit days before his meeting with Putin.

"There was some conversation about it, but there wasn't a commitment made on behalf of the United States", Sanders said. "It is a deeply cynical dodge, in no way aimed at cooperation on the very serious matter of Russia's interference in our political system, which last Friday's indictments detail so powerfully".

U.S. intelligence agencies have found evidence showing Russian agents actively interfered with the 2016 election.

At Wednesday's meeting, Mr. Trump also previewed a "big" announcement on the administration's workforce training initiatives, an agenda item his eldest daughter and White House adviser Ivanka Trump has been working closely on.

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