Press secretary Sarah Sanders says the White House is still weighing an offer from Russian President Vladimir Putin to allow the U.S. access to Russians accused of election meddling.
In exchange, Putin wants Russian interviews of Americans accused by the Kremlin of unspecified crimes.
President Donald Trump called the proposal an “incredible offer” Monday.
Sanders says Trump is still weighing the offer with his team, adding, “We’ve committed to nothing.”
Russian officials have said they want to interview noted Kremlin critic Bill Browder and former U.S. ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul.
In return, Putin is suggesting he would grant access to the 12 Russian intelligence officials accused Friday of hacking Democratic groups during the 2016 election.
Lawmakers have urged Trump to reject the deal.
The White House also said Trump believes Russia would target U.S. elections again, saying the “threat still exists.” That comes hours after Trump appeared to deny Russia was still targeting the United States, a statement at odds with warnings from his top intelligence chief.
Trump was asked at the end of a Cabinet meeting Wednesday if Russia was still targeting the U.S. He answered “no” without elaborating.
But Sanders says Trump was saying “no” to answering more questions, although he did go on to answer an additional question.
Sanders says Trump believes Russia would target U.S. elections again and he’s taking steps to ensure that it won’t happen again.
Trump told reporters at the end of the meeting that no American president has been as “tough” on Russia as he has been.