Trump Blames 'Both Countries' Over 2016 Election Meddling During Putin Press Conference

Posted In: News Date:Jul 16th, 2018

President Donald Trump refused to blame Russia for the election interference on Monday while standing alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin after the two met for several hours in Helsinki, according to CNN.

Trump once again criticized the ongoing special counsel investigation into his campaign's possible election collusion with Moscow during the news conference after earlier claiming the United States was responsible for relations with Moscow having "never been worse."

When asked if Trump believes Putin, who repeatedly denied Russian interference during the 2016 election, or his own intelligence officials, Trump criticized the probe being led by former FBI Director Robert Mueller, the Democrats, and said "I don't see any reason why" Moscow would interfere.

"I have great confidence in my intelligence people, but I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today," Trump said after the leaders met for more than two hours.

Trump also approved of Putin's offer for Russian law enforcement officials to interview the Russian agents indicted by Mueller, calling the idea "incredible."

Trump's answer was a remarkable refusal from the U.S. president who has dismissed the findings of his own intelligence agencies over the claims of a foreign adversary.

"I hold both countries responsible. I think that the United States has been foolish. We've all been foolish," Trump said. "We should have, frankly, had this dialogue a long time ago. I think that we're all to blame. I think that the United States has now stepped forward along with Russia."