Here was Trump actually agreeing with them that Russian Federation was meddling in USA elections - then amplifying that argument by claiming Moscow would do so on their behalf, not his.
Faced with widespread criticism from members of his own party over his apparent acquiescence to Vladimir Putin's claims that Moscow had not meddled in the 2016 election, Trump has sought in recent days to portray himself as tough on the Russian leader.
"In my opinion, there is no doubt that they intervened and will intervene (in elections) in the future", said Rubio.
Just last week, the president twice said "no" when ABC News' Cecilia Vega asked if he believed Russia was still targeting the U.S. Such as response would seem to contradict the president's Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats who had recently warned that "the warning lights are blinking red again" when it came to the threat of Russian cyber attacks.
Sen. Bob Menendez, the top Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, and GOP Sen.
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USA intelligence agencies have concluded that Russian Federation used a campaign of propaganda and hacking to interfere in the 2016 US presidential election to aid Trump's candidacy, and that Moscow is working to meddle in the November congressional elections.
The senators said the U.S. Republicans blocked another attempt in the Senate late Tuesday to pass a symbolic resolution reaffirming the findings of the intelligence community.
The first of the committee hearings starts this July 25, with a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing called "An Update on American Diplomacy To Advance Our National Security Strategy", featuring Secretary of State Pompeo as the witness, to discuss the Helsinki Summit and North Korea. Hearings are set to begin this week. "Based on the fact that no President has been tougher on Russian Federation than me, they will be pushing very hard for the Democrats", Trump tweeted Tuesday.
Trump says in a tweet he's "very concerned that Russian Federation will be fighting very hard to have an impact on the upcoming Election", but says: "they will be pushing very hard for the Democrats".
But it left her wondering, she said, "Why do they want to do that?"
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He doesn't explain his reasoning.
The tweet is the latest example of Trump sowing doubts about the integrity of the US electoral system.
Mr Trump has repeatedly spoken of the Russian president in glowing terms, congratulating him for his election victory against the advice of senior White House officials.
Recall, July 16, in Helsinki behind closed doors had an official meeting Donald trump and Vladimir Putin.
The law is created to punish Russian President Vladimir Putin for the 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine, involvement in the Syrian civil war and meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election. French President Emmanuel Macron addressed the Congress this spring.
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"We know for certain that the Russians were relentless in their efforts to meddle in the 2016 elections", Collins said in a prepared statement. "That is something we reserve for allies".