Trump's own intelligence chief distances himself from Russian meddling comments

Source: Washington Examiner | July 16, 2018 | Gabby Morrongiello

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats appeared to distance himself from President Trump on Monday after the U.S. leader admitted in a press conference with Vladimir Putin that he still doubts whether Russia interfered in the 2016 election.

“We have been clear in our assessments of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and their ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy, and we will continue to provide unvarnished and objective intelligence in support of our national security,” Coats said in a statement.

Coats’ reaction came hours after the president told reporters he has yet to be convinced that the Russians were behind a series of cyber-attacks against Democratic party officials and state election systems during the most recent presidential election and previous elections. Trump said Putin was extremely strong and powerful” while denying involvement during their private meeting on Monday.

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