Meeting with his cabinet on Wednesday, President Donald Trump sided with Russian President Vladimir Putin over the United States intelligence community, contradicting his Tuesday attempts to clarify the Helsinki summit.
“Is Russia still targeting the United States?” a reporter asked Trump.
“No,” Trump replied, taking the side of the Kremlin over the conclusions of the intelligence community that Russia is currently meddling in the 2018 midterm elections.
“I would expect that there are going to be meetings about how they will clarify those comments again,” White House correspondent Kristen Welker predicted.
“The bottom line, the president yet again appearing to break with the findings of his own intelligence community,” Welker reported.
“For him, this becomes very personal,” she continued. “And that’s part of why you see him continually trying to turn the page and frankly, sweep this under the rug.”