Trump 'no' adds fuel to outcry over Russia

Posted: July 19, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.

President Donald Trump on Wednesday again defended his handling of Russia, saying during a Cabinet meeting that no president before him had taken a tougher stance.

President Donald Trump sparked a new uproar over his outreach toward Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday by appearing to suggest that Russia is no longer targeting U.S. elections -- prompting the White House to assert hours later that Trump's words had been misconstrued.

President Donald Trump confers with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during Wednesday’s Cabinet meeting at the White House.

U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham gestures as he speaks during a press conference in Jerusalem, Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018.

Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., is interviewed by reporters following final votes for the week, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., criticizes President Donald Trump's performance during his side-by-side news conference with Russia's Vl...

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