Trump: Putin insulted by poll rig claims
President Donald Trump has claimed Russian leader Vladimir Putin told him he felt insulted by allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 US election.
Mr Trump made the remarks after meeting Mr Putin briefly at an Asia-Pacific summit in Vietnam yesterday.
“You can only ask so many times... he said he absolutely did not meddle in our election,” the US president said.
Mr Putin later dismissed the allegations as “political infighting”.
It comes after US intelligence agencies concluded Russia tried to sway the poll in favour of Mr Trump.
The US Justice Department has appointed special investigator Robert Mueller to examine any links with Mr Trump’s team.
Several key former aides have already been named.
Last month, campaign adviser George Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about the timing of meetings with alleged Russian go-betweens.
Former campaign manager Paul Manafort and an associate were also placed under house arrest on charges of money laundering unrelated to the election.
Mr Papadopoulos’ contact with the Kremlin is alleged to have been orchestrated by Sitrling Uni professor Joseph Mifsud.
The Maltese national is accused of bragging about how Russia had “dirt” on Hillary Clinton.