Trump reaffirms trust in U.S. intel
by Harvest Prude
Posted 7/19/18, 01:36 pm
FBI Director Christopher Wray reaffirmed Wednesday that Russia not only interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election but also is still trying to actively undermine American democracy. President Donald Trump said Wednesday in an interview with CBS Evening News anchor Jeff Glor that he believed U.S. intelligence reports of Russian interference. The president said that in a two-hour private meeting earlier this week with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, he held the Russian president responsible for cyberattacks during the election and “let him know we can’t have this, we’re not going to have it.”
Trump spent the last two days in bipartisan hot water over the Helsinki summit. Only a third of all Americans approved of how the president handled the meeting, though Republicans were more sympathetic, a CBS News poll showed. On Sunday, National Intelligence Director Dan Coats warned that the United States is still under serious cyberattack from Russia. Seventy percent of Americans believe the intelligence community’s assessment, according to the CBS poll, but half of Republicans are skeptical.
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Harvest is a reporter for WORLD based in Washington, D.C.