Sanders: Trump believes Russian Federation would target U.S. elections again

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The tweet is the latest by the president to push back against criticism following the lengthy one-on-one meeting Trump held with Putin in Finland on Monday and accounts of his shifting statements on whether he believes Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 presidential election, as US intelligence agencies have concluded.

Trump was "grudgingly convinced" by the material, the Times reported.

Sheppard and Bostjancic represent the mixed views among former members of the USA military to Trump's comments: Some say they are a betrayal, with the commander in chief giving more credence to Putin's word than to the conclusions of US intelligence agencies and creating a hardship for those who serve and put their lives on the line.

Trump took to Twitter early today to defend the meeting, promising "big results" from better relations with Russian Federation and hitting back at "haters". The president addressed coverage of the summit in a tweet early Thursday.

Asked by reporters at the start of a Cabinet meeting whether Russian Federation is still targeting the U.S., Trump shook his head and said "no".

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., urged colleagues to set aside their differences over the 2016 election and join to prevent another crisis. "And I think it'll be to our advantage, just like with North Korea".

"I thought it would be obvious but I would like to clarify just in case it wasn't". Trump shook his head and said, "No". "He needs to be contained, not engaged", Browder said.

Trump was asked at the end of a Cabinet meeting if Russian Federation was still targeting the US and answered "no" without elaborating. On Monday, Trump tried to walk back his remark that he didn't see any reason why Russian Federation would have meddled in the 2016 election, after intelligence officials and lawmakers of both parties decried his comments as treasonous.

"We want to see the notes", Senator Bob Menendez, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told MSNBC.

The official account of the news magazine unveiled the cover which first features a photo of US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin morphed into one person.

That rhetoric marked a turnabout from Trump's first, upbeat description of the sit-down.

"Do you agree with US intelligence that Russian Federation meddled in the election in 2016?"

"I can't answer on behalf of the White House with regard to that", Nauert said.

The White House is likely to block the move, arguing that the president is not required to reveal private conversations and that an aide, such as a translator, should not be compelled to do so.

But McFaul, who served as ambassador from 2012 to 2014 and has written a memoir describing Putin's mission to discredit him, said he was alarmed that the White House would even entertain the idea.

Amid bipartisan condemnation of Trump's embrace of a longtime USA enemy in Helsinki, the US president delivered a rare admission of error Tuesday.

Trump said before the Cabinet meeting, "There's never been a president as tough on Russian Federation as I have been", citing economic sanctions.

In another irritant in U.S. Pressed on why Trump has repeatedly passed on opportunities to publicly condemn Putin's actions, Sanders suggested Trump was working to make the most of an "opportunity" for the two leaders to work together on shared interests. Putin has denied the allegations regarding Magnitsky and has accused Browder of a multitude of crimes.

"The president is going to meet with his team and we'll let you know when we have an announcement on that", White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told a news briefing.

The White House is denying that President Trump believes Russian Federation is no longer targeting US elections and other infrastructure, despite his apparent answer to a reporter's question Wednesday morning.

McFaul tweeted Wednesday that he hoped the White House would denounce "this ridiculous request from Putin".

Lawmakers have urged Trump to reject the deal.

The president has called it an "incredible" offer.

Trump said he had been "very strong on the fact that we can't have meddling, we can't have any of that".