Trump begrudgingly admits Russia interfered in U.S. election

After receiving a day’s worth of non-stop criticism, President Donald Trump read a prepared statement saying he accepts the U.S. intelligence community’s assessment that Russia interfered in the 2016 election.

Ever the contrarian, Trump immediately added that it “could be other people, also,” saying “there are a lot of people out there.”

Trump had been under siege since his performance at a press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday, where he blamed the U.S. for Russia’s election interference efforts and refused to condemn the country. Instead, he delved into conspiracy theories about the DNC.

Trump also said that he misspoke on the matter, saying that he meant to say, “I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t be Russia” who interfered in the election.

At the conference, he said, “[They] said they think it’s Russia… I will say this: I don’t see any reason why it would be,” sparking the uproar.

This is not the first time Trump has had to walk back a very public statement he made. In the 2016 election, he was forced to backtrack after saying women should be punished for having an abortion if Roe v. Wade was overturned.

David Covucci

David Covucci

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