Trump said they did, Putin’s press secretary says they didn’t. Despite claims to the contrary, the two leaders did not discuss alleged election meddling on Saturday.
“No,” Putin’s press secretary Dmitri Peskov told CNN when asked, “as far as you know, did the two leaders discuss meddling?”
When asked about his meeting with Putin, Trump told reporters on Air Force One that Putin denied attempting to influence the 2016 presidential election.
“I just asked him again,” Trump said. “He said he absolutely did not meddle in our election, he did not do what they are saying he did.”
The U.S. intelligence community has concluded that Russia sought to influence the 2016 presidential election in favor of Trump.