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Trump Russia: US ‘In Peril Over President’s Stance’


The following is an excerpt from BBC.com | November 12, 2017 |

Two former US intelligence chiefs say Donald Trump's stance on Russian meddling in last year's presidential election is putting the US at risk.

The US president sparked uproar by suggesting he believed Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin when he said there had been no interference.

The two leaders briefly discussed the allegations at an Asia-Pacific summit.

US intelligence has long concluded Russia tried to sway the vote in Mr Trump's favour.

"Every time he [Putin] sees me he says I didn't do that, and I really believe that when he tells me that, he means it," Mr Trump told reporters.

"I think he is very insulted by it, which is not a good thing for our country."

Mr Trump also disparaged key figures in the US intelligence community who concluded in January that Russian meddling had taken place, including former national intelligence chief James Clapper, ex-CIA director John Brennan and sacked FBI chief James Comey, whom he called "political hacks".

Mr Trump has since sought to mollify critics of his comments following uproar at his apparent defence of Mr Putin.

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