>> Private sector. The intelligence community continues to be concerned about the threats of upcoming US elections.>> Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats and an all-star cast of top White House officials assembled Thursday, to assure Americans they were taking the threat of continued Russian election interference seriously. Despite conflicting messages from President Donald Trump.
>> In regards to Russian involvement in the midterm elections, we continue to see a pervasive messaging campaign.>> The briefing which also included National Security Adviser, John Bolton, Homeland Security Secretary, Kirstjen Nielsen, FBI Director, Christopher Wray and NSA Director, General Paul Nakasone. Coming the same week, Facebook revealed Russia may be picking up right where it left off during the 2016 presidential election with fake accounts, spreading divisive messages over social media.
But at a rally in Pennsylvania just hours later, Trump did not appear to agree.>> Now we're being hindered by the Russian hoax. It's a hoax, okay?>> White House correspondent, Jeff Mason says the contrast in messages from Trump and his top aides is striking.>> There absolutely is a disconnect, and that's why I asked about that.
How do you explain the disconnect between what you are saying, his advisers, and what the President has said about this issue?>> The administration is making clear that as a whole, the Trump administration believes that Russia meddled in 2016. And they tried to make clear they're working on that.
>> I think the President has made it abundantly clear to everybody who has responsibility in this area, that he cares deeply about it.>> But President Trump, despite what his advisers are saying, does not always echo that in his own comments.>> Take Trump's widely criticized performance at his summit with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki last month.
>> He just said it's not Russia. I will say this, I don't see any reason why it would be.>> He later clarified his remarks.>> I said the word would instead of wouldn't.>> But Trump has still repeatedly expressed skepticism about the extent of Russia's role in US election meddling.
And has attacked Special Council Robert Mueller's ongoing probe into Russian interference as a quote, witch hunt.