Trump says he ‘misspoke’ after Putin meeting, accepts Russian election meddling

trump says he misspoke after putin meeting accepts russian election meddling
Trump says he 'misspoke' after Putin meeting, accepts Russian election meddling
US President Donald Trump has made an about turn on controversial remarks he gave at a joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday, saying he “misspoke” and accepts intelligence agencies’ conclusion that Russia meddled in the 2016 US election.
Trump has come under fire since the press conference, in which he said he saw no reason to believe that Russia had hacked the election, contradicting US intelligence agencies’ reports.

Speaking to reporters in the Oval Office on Tuesday, Trump said he “misspoke” and had intended to say that he saw no reason why it was not Russia that interfered in the 2016 US election.

He added that he had full faith and support for US intelligence agencies and accepted their conclusion that Russia meddled in the election.

But he said Russian actions had no impact on the outcome of the vote and the administration would work aggressively to protect the November 2018 congressional elections.

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