When asked directly by reporters whether he believed Russian Federation was "still targeting the US", Trump responded: "No".
Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders explained later that day Trump was saying "No" to taking reporters questions, not to the question itself.
Blasted for questioning the findings of USA intelligence agencies that Russian operatives had meddled in the election - also a subject of more than two dozen indictments by the Department of Justice - Trump seemed more open to the intelligence findings, but continued to qualify his remarks.
"With that being said, all I can do is ask the question [of Putin]".
It was the second time this week that Trump's words about Russian interference required clarification and revision by the White House.
Trump also said that he has "full faith and support for America's great intelligence agencies".
Obama urged people around the world to respect human rights and other threatened values in his most high-profile speech since leaving office, at the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela's birth in South Africa.
"Most importantly, we have a lot of good things to talk about". Big results will come!
In a speech last week, Coats compared the "warning signs" of Russian digital threats to the early signals visible before the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Some on social media thought First Lady Melania Trump looked "horrified" after shaking hands with Russian president Vladimir Putin at the July 16 summit in Finland. It's imperative we get to the bottom of what is going on so we can be prepared to protect ourselves in advance of the 2018 elections.
But after his election, Brennan continued, Trump kept publicly trashing the USA intel community and he's shown that "he lies to the American people". Some lawmakers were also upset that Mr Trump had refused to offer specific criticisms of Russian Federation and Mr Putin, instead saying both countries were responsible for poor relations.
The official guidance for Tuesday also did not include an intelligence briefing.
You know what? I believe our intelligence agencies. It followed the tidal wave of criticism that hit him after his summit at Helsinki with Russian President Vladimir Putin, where Trump all but absolved Russia of any interference with the 2016 United States elections. "I thought it would be obvious, but I would just like to clarify just in case it wasn't". "Wouldn't would not, I would not not say it".