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Trump says he holds Putin personally responsible for election meddling

Trump had met Putin in Helsinki during which he said that he had raised the issue of Russian meddling into the US presidential elections.

Edited by: India TV News Desk, New Delhi [ Updated: July 19, 2018 7:03 IST ]
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US President Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump on Thursday said that he holds his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin personally responsible for the alleged meddling into the 2016 general elections.

Trump had met Putin in Helsinki, Finland on Monday during which he said that he had raised the issue of Russian meddling into the US presidential elections.

"I have said that numerous times before, and I would say that is true, yeah," Trump said when asked if he agrees with the US intelligence assessment that Russia meddled in the 2016 elections.

"But you haven't condemned Putin, specifically. Do you hold him personally responsible?" he was asked.

"Well, I would, because 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 a country you would have to hold him responsible," Trump said.

The US president on Wednesday had said that he believes in the assessment of his intelligence agencies that Russia interfered in American elections in 2016 and his remarks contrary to this a day earlier in Helsinki was a case of misspeaking.

Earlier, he had faced a barrage of criticism from his opponents and even from his own party for not backing the American intelligence community's assessment during a joint press conference with Putin in Helsinki on Monday.

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