Is Trump Walking Back His Walk-Back About the Helsinki Summit?

Jul 18, 2018  •  Post A Comment

“President Donald Trump on Wednesday denied Russia is still targeting the United States, a claim sharply at odds with recent warnings from his top intelligence chief about ongoing threats to election security,” the AP reports. “Trump was asked at the end of a Cabinet meeting if Russia was still targeting the U.S. and answered ‘no’ without elaborating.”

The report notes that Trump’s response “followed words of alarm last week from National Intelligence Director Dan Coats, who said warning lights about overall cyberthreats to the U.S. were ‘blinking red’ — much as ‘blinking red’ signals before the 9/11 terror attacks.”

The AP report adds: “In the aftermath of his Helsinki meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Trump asserted that no other American president has been as ‘tough’ on Russia as he has been. He cited U.S. sanctions on Russia and the expulsion of alleged Russian spies from the U.S., telling reporters that Putin ‘understands it, and he’s not happy about it.’”

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