Donald Trump says Putin responsible for Russian meddling in 2016 election

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One day after President Donald Trump clarified that he believes Russian Federation likely interfered in the 2016 presidential election, he said Wednesday he thinks the Kremlin no longer targeting the US and its elections.

Earlier the White House denied that Trump said that Russian Federation was no longer targeting the US, saying his answer "no" was about taking further questions not about potential interference in USA elections.

McCain was actually an early Trump regretter, endorsing Trump for president in 2016, but later pulling his endorsement after a tape surfaced in October of that year on which Trump was heard making crass and sexist remarks about women, and boasting about kissing and sexually grabbing them against their will, The Guardian reported.

In response to Trump's remarks to CBS, the White House declined to rule out accepting a Russian proposal for the questioning in the US sought by the Kremlin for "illegal activities", including a former USA ambassador to Moscow on Wednesday.

"He was saying "no" to answering questions", she explained.

It was a subtle exchange, about 20 minutes into yet another clamorous White House press briefing, and a casual viewer of today's proceedings would be forgiven for missing it.

The scale of the bipartisan outcry at Trump's stance toward Putin has only been rivaled by his 2017 waffling over condemning white supremacist demonstrators in Charlottesville, Virginia.

"We hope that, at some point, Iran will call us and we'll maybe make a new deal", Trump said, adding that Russian Federation has assured him of its support for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. "We're not going to have it, and that's the way it's going to be".

"But you haven't condemned Putin, specifically".

Trump said that Russian Federation agreed to help with North Korea and claimed that the "process is moving along".

The ex-intelligence chiefs and others criticized Trump for appearing to dismiss the USA intelligence community's conclusion that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 election.

But the Kremlin didn't expect one meeting to bring an end to Western sanctions and a pullback of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces deployed near Russia's borders. "I can tell you what my view is - the intelligence community's assessment has not changed, my view has not changed, which is that Russian Federation attempted to interfere with the last election and that it continues to engage in malign influence operations to this day", he said. After a meeting with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo earlier this month, North Korean officials described the USA stance during the talks as regrettable, gangster-like and cancerous. Last week, Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats said that Russian Federation and other countries are continuing to target American businesses, the government and other institutions and that "the warning lights are blinking red".

But White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders says Trump was saying "no" to answering more questions, although he did go on to answer an additional question.

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Trump has refined and sharpened his presentation in the two days since Helsinki.

Asked in the CBS interview Wednesday whether he agrees with Coats's assessment, Trump said that he does - a shift from an interview with the same network last weekend in which he cast doubt on his intelligence chief's warnings. Instead, he went into a long rambling response including his demands for investigation of Clinton's email server and his description of Putin's "extremely strong and powerful" denial of meddling.

"The sentence should have been, 'I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be Russia.' Sort of a double negative", Trump told reporters.

Standing alongside Putin, Trump told reporters in Helsinki that he was not convinced it was Moscow.

Trump clarified Tuesday that he has "full faith and support for America's great intelligence agencies" and has pledged to "repel" any future election interference attempts.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: He offered to have the people working on the case come and work with their investigators with respect to the 12 people.

Trump went on to say he has been tougher on Russian Federation than any other United States president. "That he now wants to arrest me, however, takes it to a new level".

"The president has made clear to Vladimir Putin that he should stay out of USA elections", Ms Sanders said.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters that Russian Federation was not a friend of the United States and warned against a repeat of election meddling in November's congressional elections.

McFaul called on the White House to "denounce in categorical terms this ridiculous request from Putin".