Trump Still Answering Questions About His Controversial Remarks In Helsinki

Trump Still Answering Questions About His Controversial Remarks In Helsinki

Kerry Wise
July 21, 2018

Before the briefing, despite his very convincing insistence that he's Team United States, Trump was asked if he thinks that Russian Federation was still targeting the USA, which according to intelligence agencies, they are.

President Trump's relationship with President Putin is under increasing scrutiny, even by those on the right.

Sanders denied that that was what the White House was doing.

"In a key sentence in my remarks I said the word "would" instead of "wouldn't", he said.

"We believe the threat still exists, which is why we are taking steps to prevent it", White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said.

Special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE has charged numerous Russian individuals - including, most recently, 12 Russian intelligence officers - in connection to cyberattacks and social media influence campaigns aimed at sowing discord among the American public to sway the election toward Trump.

According to Sanders, Trump was saying "no" to answering more 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.

Jackson asked when Trump has publicly called out Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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As his rare retraction - Trump is not known to own up mistakes - became the new narrative, the president added a new wrinkle in an unscripted interaction with reporters. Trump praised Putin for his "strong and powerful" denial of the conclusions of USA intelligence agencies that the Russian state meddled in the election.

"As I said today and many times before, 'I have GREAT confidence in MY intelligence people.' However, I also recognize that in order to build a brighter future, we can not exclusively focus on the past - as the world's two largest nuclear powers, we must get along!"

Blumenthal for his part says he wants to see "the whole national security team, beginning with (National Security Adviser) John Bolton", brought before Congress to provide details on the Trump-Putin meeting.

Like a boy forced to say "I'm sorry" when he doesn't mean it, President Donald Trump has been sullenly trying to fix the problem he caused in Helsinki, Finland when he embraced Vladimir Putin and disrespected America's intelligence agencies and allies.

Jackson continued by pointing out that this was the second time in three days that Trump or the White House has reversed what the president has said. Vega said on Twitter that she thought the president was responding to her question, not ushering reporters out.

Yesterday, however, Trump walked back his controversial comment, simply saying that he misspoke and meant to say, "I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be (Russia)".

He thinks it's a good thing to get along with the other person that controls that much of the nuclear arsenal across the globe.

The remark generated headlines in U.S. media, because such an assessment would contradict the views of USA intelligence chief Dan Coats, who said on Monday that Russian Federation was involved in "ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy". "The sentence should have been, 'I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be Russian Federation'".