Trump answers ‘no’ when asked if Russia still targeting the US

Posted on: July 18th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday denied Russia is still targeting the U.S., contradicting American intelligence agencies.

Trump’s response to a question from ABC News’ Cecilia Vega came as reporters were gathered just ahead of a session at the White House with Cabinet members.

“Is Russia still targeting the U.S., Mr. President,” Vega asked.

“Thank you very much, no,” he said.

Vega pressed: “No?! You don’t believe that to be the case?”

He responded: “No.”

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats on Monday addressed the president’s questioning of that community’s findings during a press conference in Helsinki with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“The role of the Intelligence Community is to provide the best information and fact-based assessments possible for the President and policymakers,” Coats said in a statement. “We have been clear in our assessments of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and their ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy, and we will continue to provide unvarnished and objective intelligence in support of our national security.”

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