White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders faced a grilling from reporters on Wednesday over President Donald Trump’s controversial meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
During a joint press conference with Putin on Monday, Trump suggested he didn’t believe intelligence agencies’ assessment that Russia meddled in the 2016 election.
“My people came to me, Dan Coates, came to me and some others they said they think it’s Russia. I have President Putin. He just said it’s not Russia. I will say this: I don’t see any reason why it would be,” he said.
On Tuesday, Trump walked back his comment — claiming that he meant to say “I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t be.”
But during a White House cabinet meeting on Wednesday, Trump appeared to contradict his own intelligence officials again by denying that Russia was still targeting the United States. When asked if Russia was still targeting the United States, Trump replied, “Thank you very much, no.”
Sanders, however, said Trump was saying “no” to answering questions, not “no” to the question itself.
“He does believe that they would target U.S. elections again,” she said.
Later in the press briefing, reporter Hallie Jackson questioned Sanders’ explanation. Jackson said multiple people in the room believed that Trump was responding to the question.
But Sanders insisted Trump wasn’t responding to the question.
Jackson then said it was the “second time in three days that the president or the White House has come out and reversed what the has said… why should this president have any credibility?”
“Actually, I’m interpreting what the president was saying. I’m not reversing it,” Sanders said.
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White House turmoil as Trump aides Mnuchin and Navarro get in ‘knockdown, drag-out’ yelling match: report
According to a report from the Washington Post, a discussion in the Oval Office over social media platform TikTok collapsed into a shouting match between Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and trade advisor Peter Navarro while Donald Trump sat and watched.
One spectator described it as “knockdown, drag-out” brawl.
The Post reports Mnuchin was under the understanding that he had convinced Trump to allow a sale of TikTok to Microsoft, only to run into a roadblock put up by Navarro arguing for a total ban.
WATCH: CNN uses video to bust Trump for lying and stealing credit for veterans program signed by Obama
Reacting to Donald Trump's abrupt departure from his Saturday press conference after he was pressed by a CBS White House correspondent Paula Reid for lying and taking credit for a veterans bill signed into law by former President Barack Obama, CNN's Victor Blackwell shared clips of the former president announcing the signing in 2014 and Trump attempting to steal credit yesterday.
According to Blackwell, "One of President Trump's go-to lies is his role in passing Veterans Choice. You saw it at the end of the news conference when he walked away. Well that was when he was faced with a question why he said that he passed Choice and Accountability for the V.A."
Nagasaki marks 75 years since atomic bombing
The Japanese city of Nagasaki on Sunday commemorated the 75th anniversary of its destruction by a US atomic bomb, with its mayor and the head of the United Nations warning against a nuclear arms race.
Nagasaki was flattened in an atomic inferno three days after Hiroshima -- twin nuclear attacks that rang in the nuclear age and gave Japan the bleak distinction of being the only country to be struck by atomic weapons.
Survivors, their relatives and a handful of foreign dignitaries attended a remembrance ceremony in Nagasaki where they called for world peace.
Participants offered a silent prayer at 11:02 am (0202 GMT), the time the second and last nuclear weapon used in wartime was dropped over the city.