Trump Reverses: "I Accept Intelligence Conclusion That Russia Meddled In 2016"

Zero Hedge | 7/17/2018 | Staff
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In an attempt to "clarify" his remarks during yesterday's summit with Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump made a brief closed-door address to a handful of Republican members of Congress amid mounting criticism from allies and foes alike about his failure to publicly condemn Russian election meddling.

The president said that after reviewing the clip of the summit press conference, he decided he needed to clarify and did so by saying that has "full faith" in US intelligence agencies, while noting that he also entered the Putin meeting with conviction that engagement is better than hostility, that dialog with Russia is very important and that Helsinki was his "most successful visit" yet and that he is working hard with US allies.

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But more importantly, and as some expected, Trump appears to have folded, saying that he misspoke yesterday and that his past comment on US intel needs clarification, he said that he now "accepts the intelligence conclusion that Russia meddled in the 2016 election" but he denied that his campaign had colluded in the effort.

Finally, there will be no thaw in US-Russia relations:

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