US President Donald Trump on Wednesday said that Russia was not still targeting the US — a direct contradiction of statements this week from Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats.
Trump made the remark when asked a question during a White House Cabinet meeting.
On Friday, Coats, in discussing the ongoing Russia threat to the US, said the “warning lights are blinking red,” and that “the digital infrastructure that serves this country are literally under attack”.
Trump, speaking to reporters at the White House on Wednesday, said, “We’re doing very well … and we’re doing very well probably as well as anybody has ever done with Russia. And there’s been no president ever as tough as I have been on Russia. All you have to do is look at the numbers, look at what we’ve done, look at sanctions, look at ambassadors not there, look, unfortunately, at what happened in Syria recently. And I think (Russia) President (Vladimir) Putin knows that better than anybody; certainly a lot better than the media”.
In a tweet earlier Wednesday, Trump hit back at the many critics of his performance Monday during a joint press conference in Finland with Putin.
“So many people at the higher ends of intelligence loved my press conference performance in Helsinki,” Trump tweeted. “Putin and I discussed many important subjects at our earlier meeting. We got along well which truly bothered many haters who wanted to see a boxing match. Big results will come.
“While the NATO meeting in Brussels was an acknowledged triumph, with billions of dollars more being put up by member countries at a faster pace, the meeting with Russia may prove to be, in the long run, an even greater success,” he tweeted. “Many positive things will come out of that meeting”.
Leaders of other NATO countries who attended the Brussels meeting said there was no agreement made that member countries would increase and speed their prior agreements to increase spending on their NATO defense costs.
“Russia has agreed to help with North Korea, where relationships with us are very good and the process is moving along,” Trump tweeted. “There is no rush, the sanctions remain! Big benefits and exciting future for North Korea at end of process!”.
“Some people HATE the fact that I got along well with President Putin of Russia,” he tweeted. “They would rather go to war than see this. It’s called Trump Derangement Syndrome!”.
Source: Kuwait News Agency