President Trump on Wednesday said Russia does not pose a threat to the United States, contradicting his director of national intelligence on a critical security issue and deepening a political controversy that began at his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The president said his administration is “doing very well” in countering Russia, citing U.S. sanctions on Moscow and the explosion of Russian nationals accused of being spies, telling reporters, “There has never been a president as tough on Russia has I have been.” Trump also replied “no” when asked if Russia still poses a threat to the U.S.
That comment undercut his own director of national intelligence, Dan Coats, who said that Russia’s hostile activities against the U.S. and its allies are “ongoing.”
“We have been clear in our assessment of Russian meddling in our 2016 elections and their ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy,” Coats said in a statement.
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