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.