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WASHINGTON: Trump backs US intelligence agencies but keeps faith with Putin


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Donald Trump said Vladimir Putin was sincere in denying Russian interference in the US election but the US president also voiced confidence in the intelligence agencies that believe Moscow meddled in the race.


Mr Trump sparked controversy on Saturday when he told reporters that the Russian president felt “insulted” by the claims of meddling and that Mr Putin’s denials were genuine. Speaking in Hanoi on Sunday, however, the US president appeared to change his position.

“As currently led by fine people, I believe very much in our intelligence agencies,” he said at a press conference with Vietnamese president Than Dai Quang. Following Mr Trump’s remarks on Saturday, John McCain, the Arizona Republican who was a prisoner of war in Vietnam, slammed the president, Financial times reports.

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