President Donald Trump attempted to clarify his comments on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election during an earlier press conference with Russian president Vladimir Putin.
As I said today and many times before, “I have GREAT confidence in MY intelligence people.” However, I also recognize that in order to build a brighter future, we cannot exclusively focus on the past – as the world’s two largest nuclear powers, we must get along! #HELSINKI2018
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 16, 2018
Trump’s tweet emphasizes his confidence in the U.S. intelligence community’s assessment that Russia is responsible for interfering in the 2016 election. During the joint press conference Trump appeared to cast doubt on the assumption by giving credence to Putin’s denial.