Intelligence officials showed Trump classified proof Putin ordered election interference

Aaron Brown
July 21, 2018

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. "And there's been no president ever as tough as I have been on Russia", Trump told reporters before a cabinet meeting at the White House. "I have President Putin".

The White House is highly likely to swat away the request and invoke executive privilege, arguing that no president is required to reveal private conversations and that an aide, such as a translator, should not be compelled to do so either.

HORSLEY: It sounds like sort of typical Trumpian hyperbole, but some analysts I've talked with say it's not without foundation.

But Mrs Sanders rejected that interpretation later in a news briefing, telling reporters the White House was taking action to prevent any future meddling. "Just like I consider myself responsible for things that happen in this country".

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

Trump added that he told Putin, "we can't have meddling".

"In a key sentence in my remarks, I said the word "would" instead of "wouldn't", Trump said. Trump praised Putin for his "strong and powerful" denial of the conclusions of U.S. intelligence agencies that the Russian state meddled in the election.

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Later, CBS News chief White House correspondent Major Garrett asked White House press secretary Sarah Sanders about the exchange during the White House briefing: "Cecilia (Vega) asked the president, 'Is Russia still targeting the U.S.?' He said 'No.' Is that what the president actually believes?"

Special Counsel Robert Mueller, investigating Russia's role in the 2016 election, is looking into whether Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation, an allegation the president denies.

During a press conference after the meeting, Trump said Putin had denied that Russian Federation interfered with the 2016 presidential election, and Trump believed him - despite the fact Trump's own intelligence agencies agree Russian Federation was behind hacking attacks and a social media propaganda campaign in Trump's favor. Vega said on Twitter that she thought the president was responding to her question, not ushering reporters out.

US President Donald Trump speaks by phone with Russia's President Vladimir Putin in the Oval Office at the White House, January 28, 2017. I can only say I do have confidence in our intelligence agencies as now constituted.

Members of Congress and other people who know about things are calling this out as insane. There was also information gathered from a top-secret source close to Putin, which outlined the Kremlin's plan to sway the 2016 election, the report said.

When asked if he would accept Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats' assessment that Russian Federation is engaged in "ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine [American] democracy", Trump answered: "Well, I'd accept it".

"And he shouldn't be happy about it because there's never been a president as tough on Russian Federation as I have been". I will say this: "I don't see any reason why it would be".

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