Trump Says Putin Again Denied Election Meddling After Meeting at Asia Summit

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President Donald Trump on Saturday implied that he trusts Russian President Vladimir Putin‘s dissents that Russia interfered in the 2016 race.

Putin said he totally did not interfere in our decision. He didn’t do what they are stating he trumped,” told journalists on board Air Force One in transit to Hanoi following a meeting between the two pioneers on the sidelines of the APEC summit in Danang.

Asked directly if he believed Putin, Trump suggested he was keen to move on to other issues. “Look,” he said, “I can’t stand there and argue with him. I’d rather have him get out of Syria, I would rather get to work with him on the Ukraine.”

But Trump circled back to meddling moments later, saying that Putin has repeatedly told him “‘I didn’t do that.’ And I really believe that when he tells me that, he means it,” the president said.

Trump included that he supposes Putin “is exceptionally offended by” reports that the Kremlin did, actually, meddle in U.S. races a year ago and this is “not something worth being thankful for our nation.”

The president would not specifically say whether he trusted Putin’s refusals — which remain inconsistent with U.S. knowledge group appraisals that the most elevated echelons of the Russian government coordinated the impedance in the 2016 race, from hacking the messages of best Democrats to organizing a system of bots and trolls via web-based networking media locales.

The billow of continuous examinations concerning Russian interfering — including regardless of whether his crusade connived with the Kremlin — has taken after Trump all through his administration. Just before he cleared out for this long Asia trip, Trump’s previous battle director Paul Manafort, alongside crusade assistant Rick Gates and remote approach consultant George Papadopolous, were charged in Special Counsel Bob Mueller’s continuous Russia test.

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