Pres­i­den­tTrump calls Putin de­nials sin­cere

The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY) - - Nation + World -

HANOI, VIET­NAM » Days be­fore re­turn­ing home from a whirl­wind trip to Asia, Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump was back on the de­fen­sive over Rus­sian elec­tion med­dling, say­ing he con­sid­ers Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin’s de­nials sin­cere, dis­miss­ing for­mer U.S. in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cials as “hacks” and ac­cus­ing Democrats of try­ing to sab­o­tage re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries.

Speak­ing to re­porters aboard Air Force One, Trump said Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin had again ve­he­mently in­sisted — this time on the side­lines of an eco­nomic sum­mit in Viet­nam — that Moscow had not in­ter­fered in the 2016 U.S. elec­tions. Trump de­clined to say whether he be­lieved Putin, but he made clear he wasn’t in­ter­ested in dwelling on the is­sue.

“He said he ab­so­lutely did not med­dle in our elec­tion. He did not do what they are say­ing he did,” Trump said as he trav­eled to Hanoi, the sec­ond-to-last stop of his Asia trip.

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