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Trump Says Putin Again Denied Election Meddling

DANANG, Vietnam — President Donald Trump on Saturday hinted that he believes Russian President Vladimir Putin’s denials that Russia meddled within the 2016 election.

“[Putin] said he absolutely did not meddle in our election. He did not do what they are saying he did,” Trump advised reporters aboard Air Force One en path to Hanoi following the APEC summit in Danang.

Asked instantly if he believed Putin, Trump advised he was eager to maneuver on to different points. “Look,” he stated, “I can’t stand there and argue with him. I’d rather have him get out of Syria, I would rather get to work with him on the Ukraine.”

But Trump circled again to meddling moments later, saying that Putin has repeatedly advised him “‘I didn’t do that.’ And I really believe that when he tells me that, he means it,” the president stated.

Trump added that he thinks Putin “is very insulted by” studies that the Kremlin did, in truth, intervene in U.S. elections final 12 months and that that is “not a good thing for our country.”

The president wouldn’t instantly say whether or not he believed Putin’s denials — which stand at odds with U.S. intelligence neighborhood assessments that the Kremlin did, in truth, attempt to intervene within the 2016 election.




Image: Presidents Trump and Putin talk during the APEC summit in Vietnam on Saturday

President Trump and Russian President Putin speak on the break of a frontrunner’s assembly on the APEC summit in Vietnam on Saturday