White House legislative affairs director Marc Short said President Trump is sick of talking about the Russians interfering in the 2016 election and instead wants to bring world leaders together to solve big problems.
“The president believes that after years of investigations, tens of millions of taxpayer dollars, there is zero evidence of any ballot being impacted by Russian interference,” Short said on NBC’s “Meet The Press.”
“What the president is trying to do right now is recognize that the gravest threat America faces is North Korea developing nuclear weapons. And nuclear weapons in North Korea is a greater threat than Russia buying Facebook ads in America.”
Questions about the election were once again brought to the forefront after Trump met with Russian President Vladimir Putin during his trip to Asia last week.
Trump told reporters Putin again denied to him that Russia interfered in the election and Trump said he believed him. Later, Trump walked that statement back to say he believed the assessment of the intelligence community that Russia did in fact interfere in the election.
Short said there’s not much more Trump can do to prove that he believes the intelligence community and sees the Kremlin as a threat.
“The president has in fact signed the sanctions against Russia, he has supported them, and they're being enforced right now,” Short said. “The president does not overlook that. He signed the proclamation that said there was meddling.”
But, Short told host Chuck Todd that Russia needs to be a partner for the U.S.
“We're not denying that or saying it's not important, Chuck,” he said. “We are saying that if we can get Russia to partner with us, to help stop North Korea from developing nuclear weapons, and if we can partner with Russia to provide peace in the godforsaken area of Syria, those are positive developments. This investigation has gone on without one bit of evidence showing that one ballot was impacted. It's time for us to partner with people to help protect our international interests.”