President Donald Trump after his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, in Helsinki, Finland on Monday, said he does not believe Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election, and see no reason to hold Putin responsible for such.
During a joint press conference with Putin, President Trump opined “I hold both countries responsible. I think that the United States has been foolish. I think we’ve all been foolish. We should have had this dialogue a long time ago, a long time, frankly, before I got to office.”
When asked multiple times to denounce Russia’s actions, the president instead placed blame on the FBI and said he had “confidence” in both parties, which is the intelligence community and Russia.
“All I can do is ask the question – my people came to me, Dan Coats came to me and some others, they said they think it’s Russia. I have President Putin he just said it’s not Russia. I will say this, I don’t see any reason why it would be but I really want to see the server but, I have confidence in both parties,” Mr. Trump said.
The president utterances is likely to create a political tension in the United States, where the White House has been struggling to dispel suggestions that Mr. Trump was unwilling to stand up to Putin.