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Trump says accepts US intelligence findings on Russian election interference

President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he accepts the US intelligence community’s findings that Russia tried to influence the 2016 US elections.

“I accept our intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election took place. Could be other people also. A lot of people out there. There was no collusion at all,” Trump said before a meeting with Republican members of Congress at the White House.

He added that the administration is doing “everything in our power” to prevent Russian interference in the 2018 midterm elections.

Yesterday during a joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Finland, Trump said that he didn’t see any reason “why it would be” Russia behind the 2016 election interference scandal causing an eruption bipartisan criticism.

During his remarks today he said that he misspoke during the summit.

“The sentence should have been, ‘I don’t see any reason why I wouldn’t, or why it wouldn’t be Russia” instead of “why it would,” Trump said.

In his characterization of his meeting with Putin, the President said he entered the meeting with “firm conviction that diplomacy and engagement is better than hostility and conflict.” He highlighted that they discussed the civil war in Syria, the destabilizing activities in Iran, and “working something out” to protect the security of Israel.

He added that Putin also agreed on the need to keep nuclear weapons out of North Korea.

Source: Kuwait News Agency