Sanders protested at first, but eventually answered the question from Jackson.
"I don't want to get into whether or not he's lying".
Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said last week that "the warning signs are there". Trump said. "Let me ask you this: What about the fact they came charging - that they came charging with clubs in their hands, swinging clubs?"
Mr. Trump also expressed confidence in Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, whose dire warnings about US hacking vulnerabilities he had questioned in a previous interview.
Surprisingly, considering her natural charisma and virtuosic way with words, Sanders managed to make things worse, because every Trump-Russia controversy has another Trump-Russia controversy inside. He said that he meant to say he saw no reason why Russian Federation "wouldn't" interfere in the election - a laughable clarification that few observers took seriously. "We never said just kidding".
The admission is the latest in a series of reversals in Mr Trump's assessment of Vladimir Putin and Russian meddling.
Trump rejected criticism from senior members of even his own party, including Senator Lindsey Graham, who accused him of showing "weakness".
"I thought it would be obvious but would like to clarify in case it wasn't". Now look, we're also living in a grown-up world.
He continued: 'We're doing very well, probably as well as anybody has ever done with Russian Federation. Sanders added that Trump "said it was an interesting idea".
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In the CBS News interview on Wednesday afternoon, Trump said he believes Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, who has warned that Russian Federation poses an ongoing threat to cyber security.
President Trump said that he told Russian leader Vladimir Putin during their summit in Helsinki that "we can't have meddling" in U.S. elections.
The White House has insisted it believes Russian Federation still poses a threat to the USA amid confusion over comments made by President Donald Trump. "I think I'm speaking for John Brennan and Mike Hayden, it's nearly a badge of honor, when the President sees fit to go after individual private citizens", said Clapper.
He did this in Helsinki, too, and executed a convoluted walkback of those remarks on Tuesday, saying he misspoke in Finland.
John Thune, the Senate's third-ranking Republican leader, expressed resignation when asked whether he was satisfied with Trump's walk-back of his Helsinki remarks.