White House struggles to contain political outcry over Trump-Putin summit

White House struggles to contain political outcry over Trump-Putin summit

White House struggles to contain political outcry over Trump-Putin summit

An exchange between President Trump and a reporter Wednesday during a Cabinet meeting has sparked confusion about where Mr. Trump stands on whether Russian Federation is continuing to target the United States.

The remarks comes just two days after Trump was criticized for saying he did not "see any reason why" Russian Federation would be responsible for meddling in the 2016 US Presidential election.

"President Putin knows that better than anybody, he understands it and he's not happy about it", he added. Sanders was defending the credibility of the White House despite the apparent missteps in messaging.

Sanders also said the White House believes the Russian threat of targeting U.S. elections "still exists".

"And very importantly, probably most importantly, our Republican colleagues need to join us in demanding testimony from the President's national security team that was in Helsinki - and we need to do that immediately", the New York Democrat said from the Senate floor Tuesday. Ms Sanders said Mr Trump meant he did not want to answer questions.

Mr. Trump asserted, "Look at what we've done, look at sanctions, look at ambassadors not there, look, unfortunately, at what happened in Syria recently", referring to a missile attack that Mr. Trump ordered in April on Syrian forces in retaliation for killing civilians with chemical weapons.

"But I can have a lot of confidence in the present and the future, because it's getting to be now where we're putting our people in", Trump said. Sanders insists that there's no daylight between Trump and the intelligence community, who are on the lookout for Russian election interference and, she says, doing what they can to prevent it.

Mr Trump told the world Mr Putin had been "strong and powerful in his denials" of Russian interference on the 2016 U.S. elections, and insisted: "All I can do is ask the question".

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White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders later said Trump's "no" meant that he didn't want to take questions.

The admission is the latest in a series of reversals in Mr Trump's assessment of Vladimir Putin and Russian meddling.

Responding on Twitter on Wednesday morning, the Republican president said his critics would "rather go to war" and "wanted to see a boxing match" between him and Mr Putin.

Meanwhile, speaking at Cabinet meeting Wednesday, Trump touted his European trip - which included meetings at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki - as a "tremendous success".

"Well, I would, because he's in charge of the country".

Members of Congress and other people who know about things are calling this out as insane. It's just too bad he couldn't have said all of this when Putin was standing next to him.

In the CBS News interview on Wednesday afternoon, Trump said he believes Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, who has warned that Russian Federation poses an ongoing threat to cyber security.

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