White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said President Trump truly believes the intelligence community over Russian President Vladimir Putin when it comes to the Kremlin’s meddling in the 2016 election.
Trump raised some eyebrows Saturday when he said Putin told him Russia did not interfere in the election and he believed him. However, Conway said on ABC’s “This Week” Trump meant he thinks Putin believes his own statements, but Trump does not.
“He said President Putin believes it,” Conway said. “What the president believes is most important here. He believes the assessment of the intelligence communities.”
The American intelligence community said last year Russia interfered in the election via social media and hacking the Democratic National Committee’s email system, along with Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta. The intelligence community also believes the Russians developed a preference for Trump over Clinton.
Trump has called idea that Russia interfered in the election an excuse made up by Democrats to justify losing the presidential election.
Conway said all of this talk is just a distraction and what Trump is doing during his trip abroad to Asia is unifying the world behind Trump’s agenda.
“He wants to deal with president Putin and other world leaders has he has for two weeks on major issues like global security. On trade, perhaps, in other countries. On combating ISIS. On a nuclearized North Korea,” she said.
“Most Americans appreciate having a strong leader is willing to take his counsel from the — along with the international community and put the case right to North Korea, say to [Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo] Abe, Putin, [Chinese President] Xi [Jinping], and others, join with us.”