US President Donald Trump vowed on Tuesday that he would “very strongly” resist any possible attempt by Russia to intervene in the country’s legislative elections this year.
Mr. Trump has suggested that it is “always good to have a supporting role voting system” and has pledged to resist any “very strongly” future influence when asked at a joint press conference with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven.
“We are doing a very thorough study and we make strong suggestions for the 2018 elections,” added the president, who, however, denied that the Kremlin was able to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election, in which he was the winner.
“The Russians had no impact on our votes at all. No doubt there was an intrusion, but I believe we should be very attentive, we do not want our voting system to be compromised in any way and we will not allow that to happen,” he said…
Investigations into the alleged interference by Moscow in the 2016 presidential election, led by special prosecutor Robert Mueller, are closing the circle on the nucleus closest to the president, whose testimony on the matter has not yet been ruled out.
US intelligence has agreed that Russia has maneuvered to influence the presidential election to the detriment of then-Democratic White House candidate Hillary Clinton, but investigations have so far failed to clarify whether there was coordination between the Russians and the Trump campaign.
In addition, US officials also warned that Russians continue to campaign to influence election results in different parts of the world.