Did you hear that? Sounded pretty clear to me.
And to the New York Times as well:
President Trump said on Wednesday that Russia was no longer targeting the United States, contradicting his own intelligence chief and just a day after promising that his administration was working to prevent Kremlin interference in the upcoming midterm elections.
The president’s changing statements on his perception of Russia’s intentions toward the United States underscore concerns that Mr. Trump does not believe American intelligence officials.
In brief remarks ahead of a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, Mr. Trump said Mr. Putin was not happy because “there’s never been a president as tough on Russia as I have been.”
Now, of course, Trump’s newest response once again refutes what DNI Dan Coats said earlier this week:
Every day, foreign actors — the worst offenders being Russia, China, Iran and North Korea — are penetrating our digital infrastructure and conducting a range of cyber intrusions and attacks against targets in the United States. The targets range from U.S. businesses to the federal government (including our military), to state and local governments, to academic and financial institutions and elements of our critical infrastructure — just to name a few. The attacks come in different forms. Some are tailored to achieve very tactical goals while others are implemented for strategic purpose, including the possibility of a crippling cyber attack against our critical infrastructure.
All of these disparate efforts share a common purpose: to exploit America’s openness in order to undermine our long-term competitive advantage.
In regards to the state actions, Russia has been the most aggressive foreign actor — no question. And they continue their efforts to undermine our democracy. In regards to the upcoming midterm elections, I think there may have been some confusion between what we are seeing now compared to what we saw in 2016. As the Department of Homeland Security noted, we are not yet seeing the kind of electoral interference in specific states and voter databases that we experienced in 2016. However, we fully realize that we are just one click of the keyboard away from a similar situation repeating itself. Therefore, and moreover, we are seeing aggressive attempts to manipulate social media and to spread propaganda focused on hot-button issues that are intended to exacerbate socio-political divisions. Despite public statements by the Kremlin to the contrary, we continue to see individuals affiliated with the St. Petersburg-based Internet Research Agency creating new social media accounts, masquerading as Americans, and then using these accounts to draw attention to divisive issues. We have learned, just before this meeting, about the indictment of 12 Russian military intelligence officials relative to their role in 2016.
So it would seem that Trump is once again refusing to acknowledge the evidence presented to him by his own Director of National Intelligence.
But just hold on there people who believe their own ears, because Sarah Huckabee Sanders says that you did not hear what you totally heard.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders says the White House is working “very hard” to prevent the Russian interference in the 2018 election https://t.co/vWTLW5EMmV
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) July 18, 2018
Wait. So Donald Trump did NOT say that he does not think Russia is targeting America, and we only THINK he said that Russia is no longer targeting America?
So now not only do the Democrats, the Mueller team, the women making accusations, and the media lie constantly lie to us, but now our own eas can no longer be trusted.