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Trump remark sparks confusion over position on ongoing Russian interference

Trump remark sparks confusion over position on ongoing Russian interference

In response to Trump's remarks to CBS, the White House declined to rule out accepting a Russian proposal for the questioning in the US sought by the Kremlin for "illegal activities", including a former USA ambassador to Moscow on Wednesday.

GLOR: "You say you agree with USA intelligence that Russian Federation meddled in the election in 2016".

That's when the president said he'd be willing to give Putin benefit of the doubt over all his intelligence agencies - which all agree that Russian Federation launched cyber attacks on the Democrats in 2016 in hopes of swinging the election.

The White House later denied that Trump said Russian Federation was no longer targeting the United States, saying his answer "no" was about taking further questions not about potential interference in USA elections.

Even though Trump emphasized the word "would" during his press conference, many Trump supporters took the word of the President in believing that he genuinely meant to say "wouldn't".

Mr. Trump, in an exclusive interview with Glor, said he has stated "numerous times before" that he agrees Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 election. "I think they do".

Democratic lawmakers meanwhile pushed for Congress to subpoena Trump's summit interpreter to find out what transpired during his private meeting with Putin. "So when he sees that he has misspoken, he comes out and he says that".

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Within the (several) emojis in Hayden's response, he said: "I'm not laughing". After all, former President Obama gave Putin a stern warning in 2016 to no apparent effect.

A report read, "this open, partisan, U.S. intervention in British politics is unprecedented, going well beyond President Ronald Reagan's political flirtation with Margaret Thatcher or President Bill Clinton's friendship with Tony Blair".

There was one other American official present when President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin met in Helsinki on Monday.

The president's statements came after a second day of efforts by the White House to quell bipartisan anger over his failure to publicly hold Putin to account at a joint news conference in Helsinki.

Trump later walked back that remark, but lawmakers say they're more anxious about what Trump and Putin might have discussed behind closed doors. "He (Putin) feels strongly about and I feel strongly about it, so that's good". Later, Trump says, "I let him know we can't have this".

On Tuesday, Trump walked back his earlier remarks and read a statement saying he misspoke, adding that he had accepted the intelligence community's conclusion.

Mr. Trump called Brennan a "low-life" in Wednesday's interview, saying that "in the past, it's been bad".