Trump talks tougher, now says he warned Putin on meddling

Trump-Putin summit kicks off in Helsinki

Trump-Putin summit kicks off in Helsinki

Glor then asked what Trump said to Putin during their meeting.

During a cabinet meeting later in the day, a journalist asked Mr Trump if Russian Federation was still targeting the US.

In an interview with Jeff Glor on CBS Evening News, Trump said he agreed with USA intelligence officials that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 presidential election.

"I totally disagree", Trump said when asked former House Speaker Newt Gingrich had termed it "the most serious mistake in your presidency".

As a result, in a Wednesday news briefing, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders attempted to fix Trump's slip-up.

"Well, I accept. I mean, he's an expert", Mr. Trump said Wednesday. "We've recently heard that two more people suffered from the same nerve agent that is called Novichok, but I've never even heard the last names of these persons".

Trump claimed he was much tougher with Putin in their private meeting than how he has characterized it so far. "I can only say that I do have confidence in our intel agencies as now constituted".

"I have full faith and support for America's great intelligence agencies, I always have", Mr. Trump said.

The interview came amid an ongoing outcry over Trump's meeting with Putin in Helsinki and the president's contradictory statements about whether he agrees with the conclusion of the US intelligence community that Russian Federation interfered with the election.

At that Helsinki press conference after his meeting with Putin on Monday, Trump was asked whether he had confronted Putin about Russia's interference in the 2016 election.

"So many people at the higher ends of intelligence loved my press conference performance in Helsinki".

Faced with outrage at home, Trump said Tuesday that he accepted the intelligence community's assessment that Russian Federation had meddled in the election. After discussing nuclear proliferation he said he would also bring up election meddling but added, "I don't think we'll have any 'Gee I did it, I did it, you got me.'" He added, "There won't be a Perry Mason here, I don't think". "And I'm not talking about everything", Trump asserted.

Speaking about his talks with Putin, Trump said: "As successful as North Atlantic Treaty Organisation was, I think this was our most successful visit".

McFaul drew an outpouring of support on Twitter Wednesday after it was announced that Trump was mulling the offer to let Russian Federation interview him.

It was used by Rand Paul, the Republican senator for Kentucky, earlier in the week as he became one of the few politicians to defend Mr Trump's election meddling comments.

She added that it's "our goal" to stop any foreign meddling and that Trump made clear during his meeting with Putin to "stay out of United States elections".

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