Donald Trump says that recent hysteria whipped up by the "Fake News Media" about his summit with Vladimir Putin shows that the USA press is eager for a "major confrontation" with Russian Federation, one that could even lead to war.
His unfounded assertions come days after a summit with Putin in Helsinki, after which Trump was widely condemned for seeming to side with Putin over US intelligence officials, who have concluded that Russian Federation interfered in the USA 2016 presidential election.
The remarks again appeared to contradict his top advisers on the threat posed by Russian Federation, just one day after he said he accepted the conclusion of United States intelligence officials on Moscow's interference in the 2016 presidential campaign.
CNN's Erin Burnett said Trump was making a "dog ate my homework" alibi, adding: "How stupid does Trump think we Americans are?"
The US President faced backlash when he went on to disagree with the USA intelligence officials, who had concluded that Russian Federation had meddled in the 2016 presidential election. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland to slap Russian Federation or other countries with sanctions if they're caught purchasing election ads, using social media to spread false information or disrupting election infrastructure.
But on Wednesday, the issue surfaced again when a reporter asked Trump if Russian Federation was still targeting the United States. When tensions are higher than they've ever been - including the Bay of Pigs - when tensions are higher between the USA and Russian Federation than ever before, I'm not going to stand next to the man and call him a liar to his face because it would undo all of the great progress we had just made.
At the start of a Cabinet meeting at the White House, a reporter asked Trump, "Is Russia still targeting the US, Mr. President?"
But one member of Team Trump, FBI Director Christopher Wray, hinted that he contemplated resigning over disagreements with the president.
While Putin's proposal was described by Trump as "an incredible offer", current and former U.S. officials sounded the alarm on what would be considered a deviation of diplomatic norm. I will say this: "I don't see any reason why it would be".
"The President and his administration are working very hard to make sure that Russian Federation is unable to meddle in our elections as they have done in the past and as we have stated", she continued.
Baucus doubted the deal will actually happen, but he said that the White House's consideration of the offer highlights the disconnect between Trump and the State Department.
He went on to say that no president has been tougher on Russian Federation than he has. "Of course, let's see how events will develop further", Mr Putin said, without disclosing the nature of the agreements he referred to.
"I accept our intelligence community's conclusion that Russia's meddling in the 2016 election took place", Trump conceded Tuesday.
But Texas Republican John Cornyn said the Senate should focus on "additional sanctions instead of just some messaging exercise".
"If we were on the brink of going to war then obviously I think that would be on the forefront of everyone's mindset", Bailey said. Lindsey Graham pointed to "a big discrepancy" between what they believed Trump said Wednesday and Coats' warning.
And Rep. Jan Shakowsky, D-Ill., was the only one of 10 Democrats at a Tuesday news conference on Trump's Helsinki summit to mention the word "treason". I will say this: "I don't see any reason why it would be".