The US government is convinced Russia interfered in the 2016 election, the operation was ordered by Russian President Vladimir Putin, and it was designed to help Donald Trump win. The US intelligence community announced these conclusions in a bombshell report in January 2017.
Since then, Trump has repeatedly rejected, questioned and mischaracterized key findings from the report. Trump even publicly sided with Putin, who denies interfering, over the US intelligence agencies during their July 2018 summit in Helsinki, Finland.
A day later in Washington he said he misspoke in Helsinki and did believe the intelligence community and it was Russia who meddled, but then added, “It could be other people also. A lot of people out there.”
Trump has nominally acknowledged Russian meddling on a few occasions, including Tuesday, but he has never unequivocally affirmed his support for the US intelligence report. Trump’s appointees to lead the FBI, CIA and National Security Agency have all endorsed the report. Trump’s handpicked Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats, reiterated that support after the Helsinki summit.