White House denies that Trump said Russian Federation no longer targeting U.S.

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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.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said later that Trump actually was saying "no" to answering additional questions - even though he subsequently went on to address Russian Federation.

'My view has not changed, which is that Russian Federation attempted to interfere with the last election and that it continues to engage in malign influence operations to this day, ' Wray said in an interview with Lester Holt of NBC News.

The remark, which came in response to a reporter's question as journalists were being escorted from a Cabinet meeting at the White House, marked the second time in three days the president has broken with the former GOP senator from Indiana.

After Donald Trump faced a slew of criticism for apparently siding with Vladimir Putin during a press conference in Helsinki, the USA leader added a new element to his account of the summit on Wednesday.

"Well, I would, because he's in charge of the country. Just like I consider myself responsible for things that happen in this country".

President Trump tried to squirm away from what he said yesterday.

Donald Trump also seems to be out of step with the American people on Russian Federation.

Mr Howard also said the alliance between Australia and the United States was "rock solid".

"Time" magazine's latest cover features a manipulated image of President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin as one face, following the pair's meeting on Monday.

Trump stunned the world on Monday by shying away from criticizing the Russian leader for Moscow's actions to undermine the election, sparking bipartisan fury at home and prompting calls by some US lawmakers for tougher sanctions and other actions to punish Russia.

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In front of the world, Trump took a stance against the Federal Bureau of Investigation and sided with Putin. "It better not be", Trump said, referring to Russian Federation.

Trump's remarks after today's Cabinet meeting, where he appeared to deny the longtime U.S. foe was still targeting American elections, are just the latest in a growing list of statements that conflict with Coats'.

On Wednesday morning Mr Trump lashed out at "haters" who condemned his meeting with Russia's president, saying his critics were suffering from "Trump Derangement Syndrome". "President Putin knows this better than anybody, certainly better than the media". They would rather go to war than see this. But in the Trump administration, Coats could be walking into a minefield, given the president's track record of firing officials who don't toe his line.

The White House has inundated with a flood of bad press, tweets criticizing them from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle and the intelligence community, plus a statement from their own Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats, countering his boss, the president.

Mr Trump has been under bipartisan fire in Washington for failing to publicly confront Mr Putin over election meddling at the news conference that followed their Helsinki talks earlier this week.

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.

In an interview with CBS News on Wednesday, Trump re-emphasized his belief that Russians meddled in the election.

"With that being said, all I can do is ask the question [of Putin]". Montenegro is a tiny country with very strong people.

The president said, "Thank you very much, no", shaking his head.

Montenegro joined North Atlantic Treaty Organisation a year ago in defiance of Moscow after accusing Russian spies of orchestrating an attempted coup to derail the accession. Susan Collins of ME said of Trump's one-word response.

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