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Trump Admits To Russian Election Meddling (Video)

| by Jonathan Constante
President Donald TrumpPresident Donald Trump

President Donald Trump admitted that Russia did indeed interfere in the 2016 presidential election, and questioned why former President Barack Obama didn't do anything about it (video below).

While speaking at a conference in Krasinski Square in Warsaw, Poland, Trump was asked by an American reporter if he would definitively state whether Russia interfered in the 2016 election, The New York Times reported.

"I think it was Russia and I think it could have been other people and other countries, it could have been a lot of people interfered," Trump responded, adding that he "won't be specific," and that "it's been happening for a long time."

Trump then shifted the focus to Obama, accusing him of doing nothing to stop Russia from meddling in the election despite receiving intel about Russia months before election day.

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"The thing I have to mention is that Barack Obama -- when he was president -- found out about this, in terms of if it were Russia, found out about it in August," Trump said. "Now the election was in November. That's a lot of time. He did nothing about it. Why did he do nothing about it?

"He was told it was Russia by the CIA as I understand it. It was well reported, and he did nothing about it. They say he choked. Well I don't think he choked. I think what happened is he thought [former Secretary of State] Hillary Clinton was going to win the election and he said, 'Let's not do anything about it.' Had he thought the other way, he would have done something about it."

While Trump admitted that Russia interfered in the election that made him president, he reiterated that other people and countries may have been involved. He also questioned the validity of his own intelligence communities.

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"Mistakes have been made," Trump explained. "I agree. I think it was Russia, but I think it was probably other people and or countries, and I see nothing wrong with that statement. Nobody really knows. Nobody really knows for sure.

"I remember when I was sitting back listening about Iraq -- weapons of mass destruction. How everybody was 100 percent sure that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. Guess what? That led to one big mess. They were wrong, and it led to a big mess."

The U.S. national intelligence director came to the conclusion last year that Moscow was behind the hack of Democratic Party email systems in an attempt to swing the 2016 election in Trump's favor, according to ABC News. The conclusion came after using information gathered by the FBI, CIA and National Security Agency.

The Obama administration went on to say that the effort was directed from the "highest levels" of Russia's government.

Trump is scheduled to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Hamburg, Germany, on July 7 during an international summit.

Sources: The New York Times, ABC News, The White House/YouTube / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr (2), Global Panorama/Flickr

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