Washington (AFP) – Donald Trump on Tuesday acknowledged that Russia and “other countries” meddled in the 2016 presidential election that brought him to power, but vowed to make sure it would not happen again.
“Certainly there was meddling and probably from other countries and maybe other individuals,” said Trump, who has repeatedly dismissed evidence of Russia’s covert campaign as “fake news.”
Asked if he was worried it would happen again, Trump said “we’ll counteract whatever they do. We’ll counteract it very strongly,” he said as the US heads to legislative votes this year and the next presidential election two years after that.
“We haven’t been given credit… but we’re working very hard on the ’18 election and the ’20,” he said.