U.S. president Donald Trump does not believe Russia has nothing to do with interference in the 2016 presidential elections. White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said this in his interview with Fox News.
According to him, Trump didn’t believe his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin when he personally told Trump that his government didn’t meddle in the 2016 White House race and denied Trump saying the alleged meddling was exaggerated. ‘That’s not true. The president absolutely did not believe the denial of the Russian president,’ Priebus said.
Earlier, Fox News wrote, 'Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, said hours after the meeting that Trump had 'accepted' Putin’s assurances that Moscow was not behind the meddling. Trump administration officials quickly pushed back, saying Lavrov's account was not accurate'.
Priebus added Trump had previously assumed that Russia could be behind the malicious involvement in the 2016 presidential election. ‘However, he also believes there could be other countries behind it, just like it was for many years.’
The U.S. and Russian leaders met at the G7 Summit in Hamburg on July 7; that was their first official meeting, and both claim they never knew each other before.