Trump-Putin summit: US president reverses remark on Russia meddling:
US President Donald Trump has said he accepts United States intelligence agencies’ conclusion that Russia interfered in the 2016 election – despite declining to do so just a day ago.
He said he had misspoken on Monday and had meant to say he saw no reason why it was not Russia that meddled.
The original comments, after he met Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, drew a barrage of criticism.
Even a number of Mr. Trump’s allies had urged him to clarify his stance.
In his latest remarks, he intercalary he had “full faith and support” in United States of America intelligence agencies.
Mr. Trump said he had reviewed the transcript and realized he needed to clarify.
“In a key sentence in my remarks, I said the word ‘would’ instead of ‘wouldn’t,” he said.
“The sentence should have been: ‘I don’t see any reason why I wouldn’t’ or ‘why it wouldn’t be Russia’. Sort of a double negative.”
The US president added: “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.”
Mr. Trump said that the interference had no impact on the election, in which he defeated Hillary Clinton.
However, he did not respond when reporters asked him if he would condemn Mr. Putin.