The CIA is standing by its assessment that the Russian government interfered in the 2016 U.S. election, though President Trump on Saturday seemed to reject that conclusion.
"The Director stands by and has always stood by the January 2017 Intelligence Community Assessment entitled: Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent U.S. Elections," the CIA, which is now run under the leadership of Mike Pompeo, said in a statement to CNN.
Speaking with reporters on Saturday, Trump said he met with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Da Nang, Vietnam, and that Putin, once again, denied any meddling in the election
"They're political hacks," Trump said of the former heads of intelligence. "So, you look at it, and then you have Brennan, you have Clapper, and you have Comey. Comey's proven now to be a liar, and he's proven to be a leaker. So, you look at that. And you have President Putin very strongly, vehemently says he had nothing to do with that. Now, you are not going to get into an argument, you are going to start talking about Syria and the Ukraine."
John Brennan is the former director of the CIA, James Clapper is the former director of the national intelligence, and James Comey is the former director of the FBI.
Multiple U.S. intelligence agencies concluded in January that Russia interfered in the 2016 election, though Trump has repeatedly cast doubt on their findings.