Trump Says He Misspoke, Accepts US Intelligence on Russian Meddling

(From The Washington Examiner)

President Trump said Tuesday he misspoke when he claimed during a Monday press conference that he did not see why Russia would have meddled in the 2016 election.

Speaking to reporters during a closed-door meeting with congressional Republicans, Trump said he has “full faith” in the U.S. intelligence community and accepts its conclusion that Moscow carried out several cyberattacks against Democratic party officials and state election systems during the most recent presidential election, and prior ones.

“I have full faith and support for America’s great intelligence agencies,” Trump said at the White House, less than 24 hours after he cast doubt on his confidence in U.S. intelligence during a joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin. . . .

The turnaround came after Trump said Monday that he didn’t “see any reason why it would be” Russia who carried out cyber attacks against American institutions during the 2016 contest.

“The sentence should have been, ‘I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t be Russia,’” the president said. “So you can put that in and I think that probably clarifies things pretty good by itself.”

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