Trump walks back comments about Putin and Russia’s meddling after harsh blowback

  • Trump said that he believed Putin believed it when he said Russia did not meddle in the US election. ” He then asked Trump to answer definitively with a “yes” or “no” as to whether he believed Putin and Russia meddled in the race.

    “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.

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