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Donald Trump Calls Vladimir Putin Responsible for 2016 Election Interference



US president Donald said that his Russian counterpart is to be blamed for Russian alleged interference in 2016 US election.

The new claim is expressed against Vladimir Putin a few days after the headers of the two countries met in Helsinki. Trump further explained in his interview with  CBS that the Russian president as the country’s leader is the prime suspect of the allegations.

Donald Trump further noted that “he’s in charge of the country just like I consider myself to be responsible for things that happen in this country. So certainly as the leader of the country you would have to hold him responsible.”

This is while US president’s recent remarks about the issue following a meeting with Putin was met by harsh criticism inside the US. In a shocking exclamation in his press conference, Trump said that “I don’t see any reason why’ Russia would meddle in 2016 election.”

US intelligence community concluded recently that the interference has been executed by a Russian agent. Putin’s denial of the report seemingly influenced Trump during the meeting.

The US president, in a clear retreat following harsh pressures, announced then that his comments on the issue were a simple mistake:

In a key sentence in my remarks I said the word ‘would’ instead of ‘wouldn’t’. The sentence should have been: ‘I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t be Russia.’

In his interview on Wednesday, Trump claimed that he sharply warned Putin of any potential further interference. “I let him know we can’t have this. We’re not going to have it. And that’s the way it’s going to be,” Trump claimed.

He also noted that he’d like to have a meeting with Mueller as the leader of all-out investigations into Russian probe.

US president’s new claims indicates a walk-back from the previous stances regarding Russia. The new comments may affect the recent talks and its feedbacks inside and outside the US.