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Trump says he holds Putin personally responsible for election meddling

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he holds Russian President Vladimir Putin personally responsible for Russia's meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. "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," Trump told CBS News in an interview. The U.S. president said that in his talks with Putin, he was "very strong on the fact that we can't have meddled, we can't have any of…

Shock as Trump backs Putin on election meddling at summit

HELSINKI: U.S. President Donald Trump said after meeting Vladimir Putin on Monday he no reason to believe his own intelligence agencies rather than trust the Kremlin leader on the question of whether Russsia interfered to help him win the 2016 election. On a day when he faced pressure from critics, allied countries and even his own staff to take a tough line, Trump said not a single critical word about Moscow on any of the issues that have brought relations between the two powers to the lowest ebb since the Cold War.…