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On Russia Meddling in US Election, Where Do Trump and US Intel Community Stand?


13th November 2017 - Quoted by VOA News

The issue of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election followed President Donald Trump on his 12-day trip through five Asian nations.

On Saturday, when asked whether it came up during his conversations with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Da Nang, Vietnam, Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One, “He said he didn’t meddle; he said he didn’t meddle. I asked him again. You can only ask so many times.”

Trump went on to say, “That whole thing was set up by the Democrats” — slamming former United States intelligence leaders, including former CIA chief John Brennan and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.

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Last month at the FDD’s (Foundation for Defense of Democracies) National Security Summit in Washington, the CIA director was criticized for saying U.S. intelligence agencies had determined that Russian meddling did not sway the election.

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