Sarah Huckabee Sanders: Trump 'heard' Putin denial, won't say whether it was accepted

One day after White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said that President Donald Trump "absolutely did not believe" Russian Vladimir Putin's denial of interference in last year's presidential election, following that country's claims that Trump accepted Putin's account, principal deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders refused to provide an explanation for the dueling chronicles.

At Monday's White House press briefing, Sanders would only say that Trump "heard Putin's denial" without elaborating as to whether the president believed it or not.

“The president was multiple times asked Putin whether or not he was involved," said Sanders. "It took up a great deal of the conversation that they had on the front end of their meeting, and the president heard Putin's denial, and also realized that they had some very important topics they needed to cover -- Ukraine, North Korea, Syria -- and decided to move on from that point of the conversation and focus on those issues.

“He heard Putin's denial, and he knew that at the end of the day the important part was them being able to have that conversation, him to directly ask him," she continued. "He heard his answer, and he moved forward with places they thought they could work together."

On Sunday, Priebus pushed back on the accounts of Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who said Friday Trump accepted the Russian president's claims, and of Putin himself, who stated at a press conference that Trump was "satisfied" with their discussion. The chief of staff told "Fox News Sunday" that the president doubted that the country was not involved.

Sanders' response reflects tweets by Trump on Sunday in which he said he "strongly pressed" Putin on the matter and Putin "vehemently denied it."

"I've already given my opinion....." Trump wrote, without revealing the opinion.

I strongly pressed President Putin twice about Russian meddling in our election. He vehemently denied it. I've already given my opinion.....

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 9, 2017

Trump has previously offered conflicting statements about his personal beliefs, saying as recently as last week that he isn't sure who was behind the meddling.

"I think it could very well have been Russia, but I think it could well have been other countries," said Trump in Poland, prior to meeting Putin. "I won’t be specific."



Add Comment

all comments

  Other news

more
Senate rejects plan to repeal Obamacare without replacement

Senate rejects plan to repeal Obamacare without replacement..

26-Jul, 19:00

The US Senate has failed to pass a Republican proposal to repeal...

‘Terribly bad mistake’: US Senator says Russia sanctions go against EU energy security & free trade

‘Terribly bad mistake’: US Senator says Russia sanctions go against EU energy security & free..

27-Jul, 01:10

The essence of the new anti-Russian sanctions awaiting Donald Trump’s...

Law Roach loves dressing Jada Pinkett Smith in metallics

Law Roach loves dressing Jada Pinkett Smith in metallics..

27-Jul, 13:20

Law Roach loves dressing Jada Pinkett Smith in metallics by...

TSA to enact stricter electronic screenings at all US airports

TSA to enact stricter electronic screenings at all US airports..

26-Jul, 21:30

Airport screenings are about to become even stricter for people traveling...

California tortoises died trying to reproduce during drought

California tortoises died trying to reproduce during drought..

17-May, 17:08

Scientists examining the deaths of female desert tortoises in Southern...

Trump tweets video of him attacking CNN logo

Trump tweets video of him attacking CNN logo..

02-Jul, 10:31

President Donald Trump took his feud with the media to a new level Sunday...

Uber adds option to tip drivers as it heads in new direction

Uber adds option to tip drivers as it heads in new direction..

20-Jun, 14:55

Uber is enabling passengers to tip its U.S. drivers with a tap on its...

Prince Jackson explains his personal connection to foster youth

Prince Jackson explains his personal connection to foster youth..

27-Apr, 04:32

Prince Jackson is giving back to those who have aged out of the foster...