Delegation joins calls for action after Trump-Putin meeting

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Press secretary Sarah Sanders later claimed Trump was saying "no" to answering questions, not to whether the Russians are targeting the US.

Schumer said the American people need more information on anything Trump promised Russian President Vladimir Putin, following a press conference Monday where Trump appeared to downplay the United States intelligence community's assessment that Russia interfered with the last U.S. presidential election and that Trump said Putin was "extremely strong and powerful" in his denial of responsibility.

"I had a chance to speak with the president after those comments, and the president was - said "Thank you very much, ' and was saying 'No" to answering questions", Sanders said, answering a question from CBS News chief White House correspondent Major Garrett. She went on to say that the president and his administration are "working very hard to make sure that Russian Federation is unable to meddle in our elections".

Hallie Jackson, NBC News' White House correspondent, along with other reporters, went back and forth with Sanders at least 16 times over what the president meant by his comment.

On Twitter, Mr Trump said his critics were suffering from "Trump Derangement Syndrome".

"Well, I accept. I mean, he's an expert", Trump said of Coats. "So certainly as the leader of a country you would have to hold him responsible, yes", Trump said in an interview to CBS News.

Sanders, who was in the room when Vega asked the question, said she interpreted it differently and was not reversing Trump's position.

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The White House is highly likely to swat away the request and invoke executive privilege, arguing that no president is required to reveal private conversations and that an aide, such as a translator, should not be compelled to do so either.

Democrats say the woman who translated for President Trump - and the notes she took during the meeting - could provide critical information about what transpired. I will say this: "I don't see any reason why it would be". However, Fabian yielded his time back to Jackson, allowing her to finish.

"I don't see any reason why it would be (Russia)", Trump stated, with an emphasis on the word "would", when he took the podium in Helsinki, Finland, right next to his Russian counterpart.

In comments that he walked back more than 24 hours later, Trump said that he did not see any reason why Russian Federation would have been behind interference in the election.

Yesterday, the US President said that he believes in the assessment of his intelligence agencies that Russian Federation interfered in American elections in 2016 and his remarks contrary to this a day earlier in Helsinki was a case of misspeaking.

Trump, she said, thinks that the United States has to focus on securing its election integrity and election systems. After all, former President Obama gave Putin a stern warning in 2016 to no apparent effect.

Trump added that, "I think the press largely makes up a lot of the fuss about the fuss about a lot of things".

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