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Trump says that he holds Putin responsible for the election-meddling, defended Helsinki performance

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President Trump asked if Russia is still targeting

Trump seems to contradict DNI Dan Coats’ assessment of the ongoing efforts by Russia to interfere in the US elections; Peter Doocy reports from the White house.

President Trump said in an interview broadcast on Wednesday that he considers Russian President Vladimir Putin personally responsible for the Kremlin attempts, you in the 2016 presidential elections, when the President and the White house tried to use the diversion game free about the world leaders’ summit for a third day.

Trump told CBS News that he holds Putin responsible “, because he is the responsibility of the country, only how I see myself responsible for the things that happen in this country.

“Yes, certainly, as the leader of a country, would you hold him responsible, Yes.”

The President refused to say whether he believed that Putin lied to him on Monday, if the Russian involvement in Cyber attacks on the democratic party denied organizations.

The interview came amid a sustained outcry over Trump’s meeting with Putin in Helsinki, Finland, and the President’s conflicting statements about whether he agrees with the conclusion of the U.S. intelligence services, Russia, has prevented the election.

Trump fought back against his critics in a series of interviews. “I’m not pro-Russia, pro-anybody,” Trump told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, in an interview Tuesday broadcast. “I just want to make this country safe. … You know, Russia and the United States control 90 percent of nuclear weapons in the world and getting along with Russia – and not only for this reason – it is not a good thing, a bad thing.”

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Speaking of Sean Hannity in an interview that aired Monday, and Trump cast blame somewhere else, namely, Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of alleged collusion between Washington and Moscow, “the wedges between the us and Russia.”

On Wednesday, Trump appeared to be the answer is “no” if asked whether Russia was still aimed at the USA. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, said the President really said “no” to the prospect of answering further questions, not responding to the specific question.

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When asked whether he would accept the Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats’ view that Russia is engaged in “ongoing, comprehensive efforts to undermine [American] democracy” Trump CBS News’ Jeff Glor said, “Well, I would accept it … I will not [say, though, it happens to be better].”

Trump also claimed that he confronted Putin about the interference in Helsinki: “I didn’t let him know, we can’t, we are going to have it, and that’s the way to be there.”

In the CBS interview, the President once again, his power defends, during his much-criticized press conference with Putin, said: “I think I’m in the press conference. I think there was a strong press conference. You have people saying, ” you had him, you should have went and started to scream in his face.’ We live in the real world, OK?”

Trump added, “I think that the press is largely much of the excitement about the excitement about a lot of things … they don’t cover my meeting … and at this meeting we discussed many, many things that were very, very positive for both countries.”

Fox News’ Mike ‘ Arroyo contributed to this report.

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