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Trump clarifies remarks on Putin and Russian meddling, says he believes US intelligence agencies

Jpg” alt=”donald trump” data-mce-source=”Reuters/Jonathan Ernst” data-mce-caption=”U.S. President Donald Trump addresses a joint news conference at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi, Vietnam November 12, 2017.”> U.S. President Donald Trump addresses a joint news conference at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi, Vietnam November 12, 2017. Reuters/Jonathan Ernst

    President Donald Trump said he believes US intelligence agencies’ assessment that Russia meddled in the 2016 election.

    Trump’s original comments had drawn fierce backlash, but he said late on Saturday that it’s “time to get back to healing our world. ”


President Donald Trump said he believes the US intelligence agencies’ assessments that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election, but said he thinks Russian President Vladimir Putin believes Russia didn’t interfere.

“I believe that he feels that he and Russia did not meddle in the election,” Trump said at a joint news conference with Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang in Hanoi.

“What he believes is what he believes,” Trump said, referring to Putin. ”

Trump also lambasted several former intelligence officials, including former FBI Director James Comey, whom Trump fired in May, as well as former CIA director John Brennan and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.

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