Spokesman Marc Lotter said Pence only became aware of the issue on Thursday, in media reports. For example, the Washington Post said Russian hackers had hacked the power grid in the US. After being asked about it at the end of the conference, he didn't answer the question.
Media captionTrump praises Putin's leadership 'I always knew Putin was smart!' The discussion prompted me to write a new chapter for my upcoming book, Beyond Snowden: Privacy, Mass Surveillance, and the Struggle to Reform the NSA. His supporters no doubt ate it up, but if they watched closely they saw that Trump seemed to enjoy his banter with reporters, so much so that he could barely pry himself away from the cameras.
Suspicions about the Trump team's unusual relationship with Russian Federation were reportedly shared by some outgoing Barack Obama administration staffers during the new president's transition period. "Don't forget, that's the way I won".
"You know what uranium is, right? Which was like every day".
Four weeks into its first term, the Obama Administration had already passed the biggest economic stimulus since the Great Depression and a sweeping fair-pay act.
QUESTION: Back in January, the president said that nobody in his campaign had been in touch with the Russians.
Mr Trump knew for weeks that Mr Flynn had misled Mr Pence but did not inform the Vice-President, according to a timeline of events supplied by the White House.
That time he characterized the rollout of his travel ban as "smooth" "We had a very smooth rollout of the travel ban; we had a bad court".
Valentine's Day came early this year: Michael Flynn, Trump's security advisor, resigned from his position last night amid the controversy surrounding his conversations with the Russian ambassador to the USA before inauguration. So, what they are doing now is the next best thing: they couldn't stop him from becoming president, so now they have a coup.
Even president Trump agrees with the media on that point.
"All of a sudden people are finding out exactly what took place". Planned presidential trips have been canceled just days in advance.
Clearly upset by the coverage of his presidency so far, Trump opened his news conference with a 21-minute diatribe largely focused on his treatment by the press.
The operation primarily focused on discrediting Flynn, an opponent of the Iran nuclear deal, in order to handicap the Trump administration's efforts to disclose secret details of the nuclear deal with Iran that had been long hidden by the Obama administration.
He then fielded questions from a wide variety of reporters, theatrically choosing from among raised hands rather than working from a predetermined list.
While frequently denouncing "very fake news", Trump made obvious he is among the media's most avid consumers. He offered specific critiques of shows on CNN and Fox News, as well as recent front-page stories in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.
As on the campaign trail, the strategy paid some dividends, with media navel-gazing taking time away from coverage of the controversies embroiling Trump's White House.
Trump for weeks questioned the veracity of those reports before finally acknowledging in a news conference days before he was sworn-in that he believes Russian Federation was behind the hacks. Trump added, "Russia is fake news". Trump made misstatements and may have planted the seeds for new headaches in the future. He again invited controversy over his regard for the judicial branch, calling the US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals "frankly in turmoil".
And there were a pair of cringe-worthy moments. Reporters chased him down afterward, at which point, according to CNN's Jim Acosta, Trump flatly denied any contact between his associates or his campaign and Russian Federation. "There's gold in them there hills", he said.
QUESTION: I'm talking about during the campaign. Trump's response? He told him to be "quiet". He accused reporters of not telling the truth and only serving special interests.
"I want to just tell you, the false reporting by the media, by you people, the false, horrible, fake reporting makes it much harder to make a deal with Russian Federation", he said.