President Donald Trump came to the defense of Russian President Vladimir Putin against accusations that Russia interfered in the 2016 elections.
"He said he didn't meddle. He said he didn't meddle. I asked him again. You can only ask so many times," Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One as he flew from Da Nang to Hanoi in Vietnam. Trump spoke to Putin three times on the sidelines of summit here, where the Russia meddling issue arose. "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." "I think he is very insulted by it," Trump added.
17 U.S. intelligence agencies have declared that the Russian federation, under the direction of Putin and his direct reports , interfered in election 2016. Trump and his administration are currently under investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller for conspiring with Russia.