Trump Contradicts U.S. Intelligence, Defends Putin And Russia By Saying He Didn’t See Any Reason Why Russia Would Interfere In 2016 Election; Later Clarifies To Say The Opposite
After a meeting with President Putin of Russia and “when asked at a news conference whether he believed Putin or U.S. intelligence agencies [regarding if Russia interfered or influenced the 2016 election], Trump said ‘I don’t see any reason why’ Russia would interfere in the 2016 election.”
After strong criticism on both sides for siding with Russia over our own intelligence, Trump later clarified at a subsequent press conference:
The sentence should have been “I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t be Russia,” sort of a double negative. So you can put that in and I think that probably clarifies things pretty good by itself. I have on numerous occasions noted our intelligence findings that Russians attempted to interfere in our elections.
Trump and Putin met in Helsinki, Finland on July 18, 2018. Information about what was discussed in this meeting was for the most part not made public.
Trump once publicly called on Russia to hack Hillary Clinton during his Presidential campaign.