On Saturday, the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency shot down President Donald Trump’s claim that Russia “did not interfere in the 2016 presidential elections.”
While describing his relationship with Putin and the ongoing investigations into 2016 meddling, Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One on Saturday that he trusts Putin’s denials more than the findings reported by “political hacks” in the U.S. intel community.
“I mean, give me a break, they are political hacks,” Trump said. “So you look at it, I mean, you have Brennan, you have Clapper and you have Comey. Comey is proven now to be a liar and he is proven now to be a leaker. So you look at that and you have President Putin very strongly, vehemently says he had nothing to do with them.”
The CIA shot back at the president, saying the agency stands by the US intelligence assessments that Russia interfered with the election to help Trump defeat Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.
The agency “stands by and has always stood by the January 2017 Intelligence Community Assessment entitled: Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent U.S. Elections,” CIA director Mike Pompeo said in a statement Saturday, according to CNN.
“The intelligence assessment with regard to Russian election meddling has not changed,” the CIA concluded.