Trump backtracks on Putin comments, says he agrees Russia meddled in poll

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 07:58:11 AM. Donald Trump says he believes Vladimir Putin believes it when he says Moscow did not interfere in the 2016 US presidential election, but he's not so sure.
Video: Trump: 'I believe he believes' Russia didn't meddle in election (ABC News) US President Donald Trump says he believes Russian President Vladimir Putin believes it when he says Moscow did not interfere in the 2016 US presidential election, but Mr Trump says he also believes US intelligence agencies which concluded Russia did. "I believe that he feels that he and Russia did not meddle in the election," Mr Trump said of Mr Putin at a news conference with Vietnam's President Tran Dai Quang in Hanoi. "As to whether I believe it, I'm with our agencies." Speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One earlier, Mr Trump had said Mr Putin had again vehemently denied the allegations, this time during an economic summit in Vietnam. Mr Trump said he believed "that when he tells me that, he means it." Mr Trump had also dismissed former US intelligence officials as "political hacks" and accused Democrats of using the issue to try to sabotage relations between the two countries, putting lives at risk. However speaking at the news conference in Hanoi, Mr Trump backed away from those comments. "As currently led by fine people, I believe very much in our intelligence agencies," he added. Mr Trump also reiterated his view that it's crucial for the US to get along with Russia, and seemed to suggest it was time to remove the sanctions Congress has slapped on Russia in retaliation for its election meddling efforts. "It's now time to get back to healing a world that is shattered and broken,"...Read more
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