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>> But are you worried about Russia trying to meddle in the midterm elections?>> No, because we'll counteract whatever they do. We'll counteract it very strongly.>> President Trump on Tuesday answered a chorus of critics who say he isn't doing enough to fight Russian meddling in the US elections.
>> Certainly there was meddling.>> The concession from Trump, coming at a White House news conference, just hours after US Spy Chief Dan Coats was peppered with questions from lawmakers, fearing Russia might be free to meddle in the 2018 race, as US spy agencies say it did in 2016.
>> So how likely is it the 2018 election's gonna be compromised by Russia?>> We know their malign activities continue. The White House is actively engaged. This is a high priority for them.>> Those assurances seemingly at odds with testimony last week by NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers, who told the same senators President Donald Trump had not granted him authority to disrupt Russian hacking.
But Trump was unequivocal on Russia on Tuesday, saying his White House is on top of the situation.>> I think you have to be really watching, very closely. You don't want your system of votes to be compromised in any way. And we won't allow that to happen, we're doing a very deep study.
And we're coming out with some, I think, very strong suggestions on the 18 election.>> Those comments, coming after Trump repeatedly questioned whether Russia was the culprit in 2016. And he still hedged on that point.>> Probably, there was meddling from other countries and maybe other individuals. Special Counsel Robert Mueller has brought indictments against 13 Russian nationals for interfering in the 2016 race.
On Tuesday, President Vladimir Putin said Russians accused by the United States could be prosecuted in Russia if they were found to have broken Russian law. But few on Capitol HIll seem inclined to take his word.>> Very risky to transfer nuclear