Sarah Sanders holds White House news briefing

When President Donald Trump said "no" to a reporter asking if he thinks Russian Federation still is targeting US elections, he meant he would not take any questions, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said at today's press briefing.

Trump started to say that he has full faith in the USA intelligence agencies when the the lights in the Cabinet Room briefly went out.

But Sanders said Trump was only saying "no" to further questions from reporters and not replying to the question on Russian Federation.

Mr Trump was trying to make clear after his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin that he fully supports the USA intelligence community and its finding that Russia interfered in the 2016 elections. He wasn't answering that question.

Watch Sanders' comments above.

"As successful as North Atlantic Treaty Organisation was, I think this was our most successful visit", Mr. Trump said.

Jackson continued by pointing out that this was the second time in three days that Trump or the White House has reversed what the president has said.

"Why should this president have any credibility to Americans in what he says if in fact 24 hours later - or in this case 3 hours later - the White House comes out and says "just kidding"?", Jackson asked. "You can take the fact that the president has credibility because he saw that he had misspoken and he wanted to clarify that yesterday, which he did", she said.

The exchange happened when reporters were being ushered from a White House cabinet meeting photo op, which typically triggered shouting-out of questions.

She will likely be asked about President Donald Trump's summit Monday with Russian President Vladimir Putin. "From the beginning of his administration, President Trump has taken action to defend our election system from meddling in interference", Sanders said.

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