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Trump Now Says He Holds Putin Responsible for Election Meddling: ‘He’s in Charge of the Country’

In an interview airing Wednesday evening, President Donald Trump told CBS that he holds Russian President Vladimir Putin responsible for Russian election meddling because “he’s in charge of the country.”

The president’s comments were part of an interview with Jeff Glor for CBS Evening News.

According to a short clip of the interview just released, Trump said that he holds Putin personally responsible “because he’s in charge of the country. Just like I consider myself to be responsible for things that happen in this country.”

Trump also claimed he told the Russian leader that “we can’t have meddling.”

“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.

Trump’s comments come as controversy continues to swirl and stories continue to shift over his “would/wouldn’t” remarks in Helsinki that appeared to take Putin’s side on Russian election meddling during the joint press conference with Putin as well as his comment earlier Wednesday when appeared to answer “no” to a question from reporters asking if Russia was still targeting the United States.

Watch above, via CBS

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