Trump asserts Russia not targeting US, contradicting intel

Staff Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — In an instantly controversial new comment on Russia, President Donald Trump on Wednesday appeared to deny the longtime U.S. foe was still targeting American elections, a claim sharply at odds with recent public warnings from his top intelligence chief.
The White House quickly said that wasn't what Trump was saying.
The president's response to a reporter's question came a day after he walked back his public doubting of U.S. intelligence findings of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. His doubts, undermining the longstanding public conclusions of U.S. intelligence agencies and delivered while standing alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin, had prompted blistering, bipartisan criticism at home.
Then, on Wednesday, Trump was asked during a Cabinet meeting if Russia was still targeting the U.S., and he answered "no" without elaborating. That response came days after National Intelligence Director Dan Coats sounded an alarm, saying that warning lights about overall cyberthreats to the U.S. were "blinking red" — much as "blinking red" signals before the 9/11 terror attacks...To read more, please refer to our print or online edition.