White House: Trump’s Remarks About Russian Meddling Misinterpreted

(From UPI)

One day after President Donald Trump clarified that he believes Russia likely interfered in the 2016 presidential election, he said Wednesday he thinks the Kremlin [is] no longer targeting the U.S. and its elections.

Trump made the comment Wednesday while answering questions during a Cabinet meeting. He added that he thinks he’s been tougher on Russia and its president, Vladimir Putin, than any other U.S. president.

However, during a White House news briefing later Wednesday, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump’s words were misinterpreted. She said Trump was answering “no” to reporters’ requests to ask questions — not to whether he believes Russia is still targeting the United States.

The president’s assertion would conflict with a statement issued Monday by National Intelligence Director Dan Coats, who said Russia has “ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy.” . . .

Trump’s brief comment and Sanders’ explanation were the latest statements in a week in which he’s clarified his beliefs on Russian meddling multiple times, starting Monday at a summit with Putin in Helsinki, Finland.

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