CNN's Jake Tapper: Trump's claims that campaign 'rebuffed' Russian outreach are 'a lie'

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Tapper accused the president of continuing to "belittle" Russian election interference and spreading misconceptions about special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerKamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump MORE's report that are "simply not true."

Trump tweeted on Thursday that Mueller's report "strongly stated that there was No Collusion with Russia (of course) and, in fact, they were rebuffed at every turn in attempts to gain access."

"It is not true that the Russians were rebuffed at every turn. It is a lie," Tapper said during his show. "The Mueller report details any number of instances where the Russians were welcomed with open arms by members of the Trump team."

Tapper pointed to Natalia Veselnitskaya, a Russian government lawyer who offered dirt on then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFive takeaways from Trump's 2020 kickoff rally Five takeaways from Trump's 2020 kickoff rally Trump jokes he'd get 'electric chair' if he deleted even one 'love note' email to Melania MORE to the Trump campaign at a Trump Tower meeting with the president’s son Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpTrump Jr. mocks Biden for saying he plans to cure cancer as president: 'Why the hell didn't you do that' before? Trump Jr. mocks Biden for saying he plans to cure cancer as president: 'Why the hell didn't you do that' before? Webb: President Trump is right MORE, son-in-law Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerDemocrats ask OSC to review whether Kushner violated Hatch Act Democrats ask OSC to review whether Kushner violated Hatch Act Financial disclosure form shows Ivanka Trump earned M from DC Trump hotel MORE and then-campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortJustice Department intervenes, keeps Manafort from being sent to Rikers Island: report Justice Department intervenes, keeps Manafort from being sent to Rikers Island: report The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by MAPRx — Supreme Court double jeopardy ruling could impact Manafort MORE.

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Tapper denounced the president for his repeated attacks on Mueller's investigation into Russian election interference and slammed Trump for saying he did not confront Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinProgressive nonprofits sue White House over missing notes from Putin meeting Progressive nonprofits sue White House over missing notes from Putin meeting Russian lawmakers back Putin on withdrawal from nuclear arms treaty MORE on election interference in a lengthy phone call between the two on Friday.

Trump said the two leaders discussed a range of topics, including trade, Venezuela and nuclear arms control, but did not discuss the Mueller report or Russia's election interference.

Trump told reporters in the Oval Office that they briefly addressed the outcome of the report but lashed out at NBC's Kristen Welker, who interjected to ask whether he had warned Putin not to interfere, telling her, "You are very rude."

"We didn’t discuss that. Really, we didn’t discuss it," Trump said when asked a second time.

Mueller’s 448-page report determined that Russia interfered in the 2016 election "in systematic fashion," an effort that included a social media campaign and the release of stolen documents from key Democrats in order to aid Trump's campaign.

There were multiple "Russian offers of assistance" to the Trump campaign. In some cases, the campaign was "receptive to the offer," but at other times, "campaign officials shied away," according to the special counsel.

FBI Director Christopher Wray, however, said last week that Russia is committed to interfering again in the 2020 election.

"Based on the president’s public statements and apparently his private ones with Vladimir Putin — the man who led and continues to lead cyber attacks on the United States — the president is more concerned with underlining that special counsel Robert Mueller was not able to find sufficient evidence that any members of his team engaged in criminal conspiracy with Russia than he is focused on this continued threat from Putin," Tapper said.