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Trump Dismisses Russian Interference Indictments in Presser with Putin

Russian President Vladamir Putin 'just said it's not Russia,' US President Trump said.

After a highly anticipated and controversial meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin today in Helsinki, President Donald Trump doubled down on his doubts that Russia interfered with the 2016 US election.

In a joint news conference after their one-one-one meeting, Trump said that he believed Putin's denial of Russia's involvement. "So I have great confidence in my intelligence people, but I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today," Trump said.

His statements come just days after Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation led to the bombshell indictment of 12 Russian military officials for hacking into US systems in a widespread, orchestrated election-interference operation aimed at helping Trump's candicacy over Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

Said Trump, "I don't see any reason" for Russia to interfere with the US presidential election. 

But Trump's own intel chief stood by the intelligence community's findings that Russia meddled in the 2016 election. 

"The role of the Intelligence Community is to provide the best information and fact-based assessments possible for the President and policymakers. We have been clear in our assessments of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and their ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy, and we will continue to provide unvarnished and objective intelligence in support of our national security," said director of national intelligence Daniel R. Coats, in a press statement released after the Trump-Putin press event.

Read the full transcript from the Helsinki press conference here

 

 

 

 

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REISEN1955,
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7/17/2018 | 6:56:40 AM
On this one, wrong wrong wrong
Trump was so wrong on this call - reminds me of FDR at Yalta (for those who read history).  Putin is evil and a disturber of the peace.  Russia interfered in the election JUST TO CAUSE HELL for everybody to the benefit of Russia.  Putin is not good and old crazy McCain had it right when he said his roots of KGB.  Trump was rolled by a master of political theatre or just has never met a truly evil man.  They are few and far between but watch out for them.  (Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot, Castro - etc).    They are are not "businessmen" at a table making a deal. 
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