Trump clarifies his remarks about Russian meddling in election

Washington Times:
President Trump pushed back against the uproar over his deferential treatment of Russian President Vladimir Putin at their summit in Helsinki, Finland, which drew fire from his own Republican lawmakers for disregarding U.S. intelligence agencies finding that Moscow interfered in the 2016 election.

“I have full faith and support for America’s great intelligence agencies and always had,” said Mr. Trump.

He continued, “Let me be very clear in saying I accept our intelligence agencies’ conclusion that Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential race took place. There was no collusion at all.”

The president stressed that he has said those things before and that it also has been determined that Russian interference did not change the outcome of the 2016 election.

He said he some of his comments in Helsinki needed “clarification.”

Mr. Trump said he misspoke at a joint press conference Monday with Mr. Putin when he said he “didn’t know why it would be” Russia that hacked the election.

He said that he meant to say: “I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t be Russia.”

The president also vowed to stop Russia or any other country from cyber attacks on this year’s midterm elections.

“My administration will repeal any attempt to interfere in our elections,” he said.
In that last quoted sentence, I suspect he meant to say repel rather than repeal.   I think he trusts the intel agencies on Russian meddling.  He does not trust those in teh intel community who alleged that he and his campaign colluded with Russia.  That would be people like John Brennan and several of the senior people in the FBI who pushed that false narrative and embraced the discredited Steele dossier.


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