President Trump said in an interview airing Wednesday that he holds Russian President Vladimir Putin personally responsible for the Kremlin’s attempts to meddle in the 2016 presidential election, as the president and White House tried deflecting backlash over the world leaders’ summit for a third day.
Trump told CBS News that he holds Putin responsible “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, yes.”
The president declined to say whether he believed Putin lied to him Monday when he denied Russian involvement in cyberattacks on Democratic party organizations.
The interview came amid an ongoing outcry over Trump’s meeting with Putin in Helsinki, Finland, and the president’s contradictory statements about whether he agrees with the conclusion of the U.S. intelligence community that Russia interfered with the election.
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