BREAKING: President Trump claims he misspoke while discussing election meddling during news conference with Putin: "In a key sentence in my remarks, I said the word 'would' instead of 'wouldn't.' ... The sentence should've been: 'I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t be Russia'" pic.twitter.com/2bA9EionD1— NBC News (@NBCNews) July 17, 2018
President Trump says he accepts the conclusion of the U.S. intelligence community that there was Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
At the White House today, he insisted that the interference did not affect the outcome of the election and he repeated a claim that there was no collusion between his campaign and Russia.
Trump is doing damage control after his controversial summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Trump insisted that he misspoke when he said he has no reason to believe that Russia would be involved.
He said he meant to say there is no reason why it wouldn't be Russia.
Meantime, Trump said he has full faith in U.S. intelligence agencies.
US President Donald Trump, in a stunning rebuke of the US intelligence community, declined on Monday to endorse the US government’s assessment that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election. Instead, Trump — standing alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin — touted Putin’s vigorous denial and pivoted to complaining about the Democratic National Committee’s server and missing emails from Hillary Clinton’s personal account. Putin, for his part, reiterated his denial for the public, though he did admit for the first time that he wanted Trump to win the election. 📸Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty Images For more📲link in profile #PresidentDonaldTrump #PresidentVladimirPutin #US #Russia #TrumpPutin #TrumpPutinsummit #Helsinki #foreignpolicy #news #politics #cnn #cnnpolitics