During an interview with CBS Evening News anchor Jeff Glor on Wednesday, Trump said he agreed with the USA intelligence community's assessment that Russian Federation interfered with the 2016 election: "I have said that numerous times before, and I would say that is true".
Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, the top Democrat on the Intelligence Committee, said Trump's rejection of US intelligence put the country's security at risk. Among other things, Trump refused to denounce Putin and Russian Federation for interfering in the 2016 presidential election and attacked special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russian Federation probe MORE's probe, calling it a "disaster" for the country.
"I need to hear the president, without any hedging, say that he believes that the Russians were and are meddling in our elections", said Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., told a reporter Wednesday.
"Given the public concessions" of Trump to Putin 'by siding against the United States intelligence community, law enforcement, and our military officials about Russia's attack on our democracy, Congress and the American public deserve to know the details of their private conversation, ' he wrote.
On Tuesday, Trump read from a printed statement, and said he had misspoken in Helsinki. 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".
Standing on stage with the man accused of complicity in an attack on the very bedrock of American democracy, Trump said his intelligence people "think it's Russian Federation".
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When asked if he holds Putin personally responsible for the election interference, Trump said he does, but declined to say whether Putin had lied. "That must be the intelligence agencies", the president joked to members of his Cabinet, lawmakers and the assembled media.
A few hours later, the White House press secretary, Sarah Sanders, claimed Trump had been answering a different question, and that "we believe the threat still exists".
"In a key sentence in my remarks I said the word "would" instead of "wouldn't", he said.
CNN's chief political analyst Gloria Borger said: "This president looked like he was in a hostage situation, reading from a script that others had written for him, that he clearly did not want to read". Could be other people also. "There are lots of people out there". The next day, Mr Trump claimed he had misspoke, and had meant to say he did not see any reason why Russian wouldn'tbe responsible for interfering in the 2016 vote.
For a more recent example of genuine, heartfelt anger directed at an American enemy, look at the photo of Barack Obama glowering at Putin at the time of Russia's cyberattacks on the U.S. election system.
In separate remarks to reporters, Corker said he also is looking at whether it would be appropriate to request the notes taken by a translator at the private meeting between Trump and Putin in Helsinki.