President Trump touched down in Poland on Wednesday evening for talks with Polish counterpart Andrzej Duda before a G-20 summit that starts today in Hamburg, Germany.
But before heading to the summit, Trump spoke to members of the Polish media Thursday morning, and the questions for the former media mogul ran the gambit on popular subjects associated with the Trump White House.
The Russian Connection
When asked whether Russia had interfered in the 2016 election, President Trump said that he does "think that it was Russia, and it could have been other people in other countries."
Trump asserted that it was premature to lay all of the blame on Russia, even though intelligence agencies have repeatedly said it is deserved. Trump pointed out that such agencies had made mistakes in the past.
"Nobody really knows for sure," said the president.
Trump also promised to work with eastern European countries to address Russia's meddling behavior, reports CNBC. Such allegations have thus far been denied by Russia.
Trump's European visit is expected to culminate in a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
CNN and the "fake news"
When asked about the media, and about his divisive tweets concerning CNN over the weekend, Trump was particularly bullish, partnering with the Polish president to denounce the media. Trump also defended a recent tweet that contained a GIF of him participating in a wrestling match with a figure who had CNN's logo superimposed over his face, saying that it was lighthearted.
"They have been fake news for a long time, and they have been covering me" in a dishonest way, the president said of CNN.
When Duda was asked about his own feelings towards the news media, he blamed journalists in his country for intentionally misinterpreting his record on certain issues in articles that were critical of the government. Duda's distrust of the media manifested itself last year when his party banned journalists from Polish Parliament. The party backed down after protesters took to the streets in disagreement.
Trump, however, didn't stop with CNN. He took the time to also criticize former employer NBC, despite making a point of calling on Hallie Jackson, NBC's chief White House correspondent, for a question. Jackson asked two questions, but was cut off by a Polish aide, despite the fact that Trump appeared ready to answer.
A 'pretty severe' response
Days after North Korea successfully launched its first ICBM -- a two-stage missile that appears to be capable of reaching Alaska -- President Trump said that he was weighing a "pretty severe" response to the nuclear threat posed by Pyongyang. Trump called on all nations to come together to address the issue, saying that the world must "demonstrate that there are consequences for their very, very bad behavior.”
On the subject of nations helping out in defense, according to NBC News, Trump made a point of mentioning that Poland is one of a few countries that meets its NATO requirements.
Trump also seemed to take a shot at former President Obama, saying that he doesn't "draw red lines."
"We’ll see what happens, I don’t like to talk about what we have planned, but I have some pretty severe things that we’re thinking about," Trump said of North Korea.