Russian President Vladimir Putin denied on Thursday that his government tried to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, and claimed that such accusations were “lies” intended for “domestic American politics.”
CNBC reported on Putin’s remarks, which took place at a panel that the business network moderated in Arkhangelsk, Russia. The Russian leader contended that, “all those things are fictional, illusory and provocations, lies. All these are used for domestic American political agendas.”
“The anti-Russian card is played by different political forces inside the United States to trade on that and consolidate their positions inside,” Putin added.
CNBC journalist Geoff Cutmore sought a straight answer from his panelist: “Mr. President, I just want to be very clear about this. You and the Russian government … never tried to influence the outcome of the U.S. presidential election, and there will be no evidence found?”
“Read my lips, no,” Putin replied, saying incorrectly that he was invoking Ronald Reagan. Of course, it was actually former President George H.W. Bush who made that infamous statement in 1988.
CNBC guest Evelyn Farkas corrected the Russian president minutes after he made the gaffe (see video above).
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