In the wake of the 2016 presidential election, Russia’s influence on the election has been heavily contested.
During the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, President Donald Trump spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin and later told reporters he pushed for honesty about the election.
“He said he didn’t meddle. He said he didn’t meddle,” CNN reported Trump said on Air Force One. “I asked him again. You can only ask so many times.”
He alleged to believe Putin was “very insulted” by the accusations and said it wasn’t the first time the topic has come up.
“Every time he sees me, he says, ‘I didn’t do that,’” Trump said. “And I believe, I really believe, that when he tells me that, he means it.”
The president may believe Putin, but according to The Hill, CIA Director Mike Pompeo is putting his faith in the intelligence community assessment titled, “Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent U.S. Elections.”
A CIA spokesperson told The Hill that Pompeo “stands by and has always stood by” the assessment, which when it comes to “Russian election meddling has not changed.”
The report was based on intelligence gathered by the FBI, CIA, and NSA, and concluded that Putin tried to influence the election by “discrediting Secretary Clinton and publicly contrasting her unfavorably to him.”
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