President Donald Trump opened his second foreign tour with a joint press conference with President of Poland Andrzej Duda, which ended with a series of tough Russian meddling questions asked by MSNBC White House Correspondent Hallie Jackson.
Ms. Jackson asked of the President “Will you once and for all, yes or no, definitively say that Russia interfered in the 2016 election?”
Trump replied “I think it was Russia and I think it could have been a lot of people interfered. I said it very simply. I think it could very well have been Russia, but I think it well could have been other countries, and I won’t be specific, but I think a lot of people interfere.”
He then continued by blaming President Obama, asking “Why did he do nothing about it? He was told it was Russia by the CIA as I understand it,” adding “it was well reported and he did nothing about it.”
I think it’s been happening for a long time. It’s been happening for many years. Now, the thing I have to mention is that Barack Obama when he was president found out about this in terms of if it were Russia. Found out about it in August. Now, the election was in November. That’s a lot of time. He did nothing about it.
Jackson’s followed up with a question about current reports under a Trump administration, asking “Your intelligence agencies have been far more definitive. They say it was Russia. Why won’t you agree with them and say it was?”
Trump raised questions about reports, saying “Let me start off by saying I heard it was 17 agencies. I said boy, that’s a lot. Do we even have that many intelligence agencies? Let’s check it. We did some heavy research. It turned out to be three or four, and many of your compatriots had to change their reporting and had to apologize and correct.”
To recap, President Trump wasn’t aware that the US had 17 intelligence agencies, appeared to look into it and after “heavy research” determined that it to be” three or four” US intelligence agencies and not 17 agencies as has been reported.
Watch the clip above courtesy of MSNBC.
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