In the wake of the Helsinki summit, the liberal media and political establishment launched vicious attacks against President Donald Trump for allegedly letting Russian President Vladimir Putin slide with regard to accountability for his nation’s efforts at interfering in the 2016 election.
Those attacks may have been for naught, though, as Trump made clear in an interview that he did indeed inform Putin that he was “responsible” for the meddling in the election and such activity would not be tolerated in future elections.
According to the Washington Examiner, Trump stated that he had taken a “very strong” stance with Putin toward election meddling efforts during a post-summit interview with CBS.
“Very strong on the fact that we can’t have meddling, we can’t have any of that,” said Trump in response to a question about what he had told Putin in their meeting.
“I let him know we can’t have this, we’re not going to have it, and that’s the way it’s going to be,” he added.
Despite what the liberal media has reported, Trump also made clear that he was inclined to believe the assessments of the U.S. intelligence community that Russia attempted to interfere in the 2016 election, and that he held Putin personally responsible for those attempts.
“Well, I would (hold Putin responsible) because he’s in charge of the country, just like I consider myself to be responsible for things that happen in this country,” stated Trump.
“So certainly as the leader of a country you would have to hold him responsible, yes,” he added.
Trump had come under heavy bipartisan fire for seemingly letting Putin off the hook with regard to meddling during the joint press conference held by the two leaders.
The president on Tuesday issued a clarification to a questionable remark he had made Monday, and stated, “The sentence should have been, ‘I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t be Russia.’ So you can put that in and I think that probably clarifies things pretty good by itself.”
The liberal media and Trump haters across the political spectrum all launched withering attacks against the president over his summit with Putin, which they conspiratorially believed somehow proved the existence of “collusion” between Trump’s campaign and Russia.
But, as usual, the attacks were launched prior to all relevant information being known — such as what was said during the private meeting — and now the premature attacks have been revealed as baseless and unnecessary.