Trump Putin: US president reverses remark on Russia meddling

US President Donald Trump has said he accepts US intelligence agencies’ conclusion that Russia interfered in the 2016 election – despite declining to do so just a day ago.

He said he had misspoken on Monday and had meant to say he saw no reason why it was not Russia that meddled.

The original comments, after he met Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, drew a barrage of criticism.

Even some of Mr Trump’s allies had urged him to clarify his stance.In his latest remarks, he added that he had “full faith and support” in US intelligence agencies.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is to appear before Congress next week to answer questions on what happened during Mr Trump’s two-hour meeting with President Putin on Monday.