Previously when asked by reporters before a Cabinet meeting whether Moscow was still targeting the U.S., Trump shook his head and said, "No". After all, former President Obama gave Putin a stern warning in 2016 to no apparent effect. "I will say this: I don't see any reason why it would be".
"In a key sentence in my remarks, I said the word "would" instead of "wouldn't", Trump said, speaking at the White House ahead of a meeting with Republican lawmakers. "And I think I can speak as well for all of us to say, and I include Jim Comey in this, the only reason we've spoken out about all this is our genuine concerns about this President and this Presidency and its assaulting values and institutions and standards of this country which collectively we've spent decades defending".
According to Sanders, Trump was saying "no" to answering more questions.
As for Trump's "no" to question about Russian interference, the White House said he was refusing to take reporters' questions - not denying Russian meddling.
The answer differed from the one he gave during the press conference with Putin on Monday, when he said Putin was "extremely strong and powerful in his denial" and said "I don't see any reason why it would be" Russian Federation.
The Times reported then-CIA Director John Brennan, then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, and then-National Security Director Adm. Michael Rogers - who also served as commander of U.S. Cyber Command - presented evidence to Trump that Putin ordered Russian Federation to shake up the election.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said the president actually was saying "no" to the prospect of answering more questions, not responding to the specific question.
In a joint news conference at the Finnish Presidential Palace, Trump said he did not "see any reason why" Russian Federation would have meddled in the 2016 election - a remark that surprised many because it's in direct conflict with the conclusions of the entire US intelligence community.
Democrats say the woman who translated for President Trump - and the notes she took during the meeting - could provide critical information about what transpired. "But I let him know we can't have this, we're not going to have it, and that's the way it's going to be", Trump added.
"Sorry, Hallie, go ahead if you want", Fabian said while Sanders repeatedly tried to cut off Jackson's questioning. Sanders said Trump meant he did not want to answer questions. Some of those have been forced on them by Congress, but others are things the administration has done on its own.
Republicans and Democrats both accused him of siding with an adversary rather than his own country after he shied away from criticizing the Russian leader for what USA intelligence agencies say were Moscow's efforts to undermine the 2016 election. "Sort of a double negative".