Trump Backtracks on Putin Remarks, Says He Accepts Intel Conclusion on Russian Meddling

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump tried to clarify remarks amid the fallout and furor over his summit and press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, telling reporters that he misspoke and that his administration was taking steps to prevent 2018 election interference.

On Monday, he appeared to accept Putin’s denials that Russia was behind hacking attacks on the Democratic National Committee and other organizations. Those remarks drew widespread condemnation, including from Republican on Capitol Hill.

Trump told reporters on Tuesday that he has “full faith and support for America’s great intelligence agencies.”

While insisting that the Russian interference had no impact on the outcome of the election, he said that he accepts “our intelligence community conclusion that Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election took place.” He also added, “Could be other people also. A lot of people out there.” Those final clauses quickly became the focus of journalists who wondered if the president still harbored doubts about intelligence agency findings.

Trump again said that there was no collusion between his campaign and Russia.

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