President Donald Trump on Tuesday backtracked and said that he accepted the U.S. intelligence community’s assessment that Russia meddled in the election.
At a White House pool spray before meeting with Republican members of Congress, the president suggested that he misspoke during his Monday press conference with Putin, in which he signed onto the Russian leader’s “strong” claim that there was no election interference.
Trump reversed himself on Tuesday and said that he “accepts our intelligence community conclusion that meddling took place,” according to the pool report. “Could be other people also. A lot of people out there.”
The president went on to insist that no votes were affected due to Russia’s interference.
NEW: Before a meeting with members of Congress.. President Trump tells reporters he now says he "accepts our intelligence community conclusion that meddling took place." via pool.
— Ryan Nobles (@ryanobles) July 17, 2018
Trump now says he has "Full faith and support for America’s intelligence agencies -always have" -adds he accepts intel community conclusion that meddling took place but "could be other people also"//"Other people" is NOT accepting Intel conclusions! Their conclusion is Russia
— Chris Jansing (@ChrisJansing) July 17, 2018
Just out of Trump’s Putin remarks do-over in the Cabinet Room. I asked him three times if he would publicly condemn Putin for election interference. All three times, he said “Thank you” or ignored.
— Peter Alexander (@PeterAlexander) July 17, 2018
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