A report in Wednesday's edition of The New York Times reveals the extent of the intelligence U.S. President Donald Trump received about Russian President Vladimir Putin's direct role in that country's interference in the 2016 presidential election.
In the interview, President Trump said he agrees Russian Federation meddled in his victorious election and has said so "numerous times before". He issued a reaction affirming "full faith" in the agencies and their findings on Tuesday.
He also lashed out at Europe and US-dominated North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, saying Russian Federation would hit back with an "equivalent response" to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation bases near Russia's borders and other "aggressive steps". An illustrated cover last month showed Trump looking down at a crying migrant child from an image that went viral during the family separation crisis.
United States lawmakers are calling for a court demand to be issued for the notes of the United States translator who accompanied Mr Trump to his two-hour meeting with Mr Putin. It would have just made things worse if I had stood next to him and called him a liar.
So what did he say to Putin about it, then?
The president was asked what he said to Putin, and he replied that he was "very strong on the fact that we can't have meddling".
After the outburst of news at the beginning of this week from President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin's meeting in Helsinki, Finland, we decided it was time to call a special midweek news roundtable to dig into the headlines.
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Elsewhere in his remarks, the spokesman referred to the package of proposals offered by Europe over the Iran nuclear deal. The Ayatollah regime in Iran is signaling that it is open for nuclear cooperation with the United States.
Paul, a Republican from Kentucky, has been Trump's most vocal defender this week amid waves of negative press and hot-takes from media pundits, former Obama administration officials, celebrities, and more.
He and other House Republican leaders tried to change the subject to taxes and the economy during their weekly news conference.
In an unprecedented attack, former Central Intelligence Agency director and ardent Trump critic John Brennan, tweeted that Trump's "news conference performance" was "nothing short of treasonous".
Trump reportedly weeks ago threatened to slap imports on European automakers like Mercedes-Benz and BMW unless the European Union makes it easier for American auto manufacturers to sell their models across the pond.
" ...And that they would question officials, including the officers of law enforcement and intelligence service of the United States, whom we believe are - who have something to do with illegal actions on the territory of Russian Federation, and we have to - to request the presence of our law enforcement".
Asked by a journalist before a morning Cabinet meeting whether Russian Federation was still targeting the United States, Trump looked at the reporter, shook his head and said, "No".
It comes as the President's own Director of National Intelligence warned of Russian meddling.
"We believe that the threat still exists which is why we are taking steps to prevent it". "We are doing MUCH better than any other country!" the United States president tweeted on Thursday.