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Sanders denies Trump said, Russia is not targeting US
The white house on President Trump’s comments about Russia’s interference in the US elections.
President Trump, as he was moved to under the raging dispute over his press conference with Vladimir Putin, the press, to deny a new a Wednesday, when he appeared, Russia is still targeting the U.S. – prompt again the White house has yet to be clarified.
Trump made the comment at a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday. Asked if Russia still targeting the country, he said, “no.”
This led to a new wave of condemnations from Democratic lawmakers, are quoted in his own national intelligence director ‘ s warnings to the contrary.
But White house press Secretary, Sarah Sanders, during a contentious press briefing, tried to tamp down controversy once again — chalking up the excitement to another misunderstanding.
She claimed that the President really said “no” to more questions, as to whether Russia is still targeting the United States
Sanders was then pressed, in order to clarify, whether the White house believes that the threat is in progress.
“Because it does not currently have a choice today, not specifically, but we believe that we should take steps to ensure that you can not do it again,” she said at the beginning, before adding: “We believe that the threat is still present, this is the reason why we take steps to prevent it.”
It is the second case in as many days, she was back in the White house to clarify the President’s comment and suggesting to call a misunderstanding – first, Trump misspoke, and this time he claims he was not the answer to the question asked.
Sanders stressed, however, to interpret that “I am what is not said of the President, I’m the reverse.”
The press conference was Sanders’ for the first time since Trump left for his overseas trip, where he stirred controversy, the expenditure on a daily basis, by becoming entangled with the NATO allies on defense and, later, by the appearance of the page from Putin about the U.S. intelligence services over alleged Russian interference in American elections.
The greatest controversy centered on his statement that he “can see no reason why” Russia would be behind the election-meddling.
Panel cross-party criticism, Trump went back on Tuesday. At a meeting with GOP lawmakers, Trump said he checked the log, and “realized that there is a need for some clarification.”
The President said that he wanted to say, he is not, “why Russia”.
“I’ve explained to said, the word ‘would’ instead of ‘would be’…a kind of double-negative,” Trump.
Other statements made during the press conference, as his statement that the Russian leader gave a “strong and powerful” denial, seemed to still give weight to Putin’s account.
But Trump is a clarification was enough, with some Republican critics. Sen Rob Portman, R-Ohio, said he was “glad” Trump addressed the press conference.
But Democrats were not so quick to let him off the hook. And you blasted him about his latest comments on Wednesday.
“Mr. President, it is time to stop, take the word of a KGB agent on their own intelligence officials. Russia interfered in our elections in 2016. They are actively trying to do it again. You need to Wake up to the fact,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, said in a statement Wednesday.
Last week, National Intelligence Director Dan Coats warning lights said on the Internet threats to the United States, “flashing red” and Russia was “the most aggressive foreign actor” and is the continuation of the efforts to “undermine our democracy”, even if not on the same level as in the year 2016.
During the press conference on Wednesday, Sanders defended the admin instration “tough” stance against Russia, listing your most recent actions against Moscow, including sanctions, to the expulsion of 60 Russian agents from the United States and the closure of two consulates.
“The President was extremely hard on Russia, and to say anything else is simply not true,” said Sanders, while also noting that the President “sees this as a possibility of cooperation with Russia.”
“What has not worked in the past, so we are trying a new approach,” Sanders said of Trump’s relations with Putin.
The Trump-Putin summit came just a few days after the justice announced the indictment of a dozen Russian intelligence agents, for allegedly hacking-Democratic goals in the 2016 US presidential election. Putin has previously, Trump said that Russia will interfere in the 2016 presidential elections. He repeated these denials on Monday.
And when asked whether he’s delivering at all, the 12 Russians involved, allegedly, Putin held detailed plan, the trump called an “incredible offer.”
Putin offered to question the 12-accused of interference in the election, and added that Müller could be the team of the investigators present, to respond for the survey, if the US officials would “.” He suggested that this would mean that Russian agents could be present, the officers for the survey of the US “of interest” to them.
Sanders on Wednesday said that the President has a meeting with his team, and update on would, Reporter, if you have an announcement, whether or not the United States cooperate.
“There were some talks about it, but there was no obligation, the said in the name of the United States,” Sanders. “The President is considering it.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Brooke Singman is a political Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter at @Brooke FoxNews.