On Tuesday, however, Trump backtracked and claimed that he had misspoken - that he had, in fact, meant to say that he did believe that Russian Federation had interfered in the election.
In rebutting Trump's dismissive comments about USA intelligence on Monday, Coats said in a statement, "We have been clear in our assessments of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and their ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy".
"In a key sentence in my remarks, I said the word "would" instead of 'wouldn't, '" Trump said. I was asking myself when are you going to ask him for an autograph or a selfie, ' but it wasn't just name calling from the former head of California. "I have President Putin, he just said it's not Russian Federation". In return, he said, Russian Federation wants to question a number of US citizens as well as British financier and Putin critic Bill Browder over an alleged $1.5 billion tax evasion, part of whose proceeds Russian Federation says went to the Democratic Party.
The media responses to the Helsinki summit recalled that of last year's white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, Cassino said, except much of conservative media is not defending Trump in this case.
The news agency Associated Press (AP) quoted him as saying that he had a question "on Syria's nuclear policy" and the nuclear arsenals of the United States and Russian Federation.
Coats released that statement after Trump repeatedly declined to take Russian President Vladimir Putin to task for meddling in the 2016 election during a joint press conference in Helsinki.More news: Walmart reportedly considering streaming service to compete with Netflix, Amazon Prime Video
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U.S. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats told a congressional committee in February that he already had seen evidence Russian Federation was targeting U.S. elections in November, when Republican control of the House of Representatives and Senate are at stake, plus a host of positions in state governments. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., that would slap new sanctions on Russian Federation or any other country caught posting ads, running fake news or otherwise interfering with election infrastructure.
Samantha Power, the former USA ambassador to the United Nations, said Trump's refusal to stand up to Putin was "a travesty", while Democrat congressman Ted Lieu said it was "batshit crazy". A lot of people out there.
"We're going to have a massive effort to try to get to what happened".
"I'm interpreting what the president said, I'm not reversing it", Sanders said.
At the Hudson Institute think tank in Washington on Friday, Coats said: "We are not yet seeing the kind of electoral interference in specific states and voter data bases that we experienced in 2016, however, we fully realize that we are just one click on a keyboard away from a similar situation repeating itself". In an email to Trump Jr., he described the information as "part of Russian Federation and its government's support for Mr. Trump".
Following the airing of the CBS interview, Clapper responded to Mr. Trump's comments on CNN. The U.S. leader provoked a political backlash at home, including from within his own Republican party, for siding with his Russian counterpart's denial of American intelligence conclusions that the Kremlin meddled.