“What I said there is that I believe he believes that,” he said, referring to Putin. ”
Trump refused to say whether he believed Russia interfered, but he said he stood with US intelligence agencies, who concluded with high confidence earlier this year that Russia mounted an elaborate and multi-faceted effort to undermine the election and propel Trump to victory, while damaging his opponent, Hillary Clinton.
“As to whether I believe it or not, I am with our agencies, especially as currently constituted with the leadership,” Trump said. Drew Angerer/Getty Images
Trump fighting with former intelligence officials
On Saturday, Trump blasted three former intelligence officials, all of whom have strongly urged the president to take a harder stance against Russia’s aggression toward the US and the West.