Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) slammed President Trump on Saturday for “lying” about Russia’s attempts to meddle in the 2016 election.
“I have seen the classified information on Russian hacking. @realDonaldTrump has received classified briefings. I can tell you that @POTUS is LYING,” Lieu wrote on Twitter.
“Trump knows the Kremlin hacked America last year,” Lieu added, quoting a report from The New York Times that details Trump’s Saturday comments about Russian President Vladimir Putin.
I have seen the classified information on Russian hacking. @realDonaldTrump has received classified briefings. I can tell you that @POTUS is LYING. Trump knows the Kremlin hacked America last year. https://t.co/gq9gAeLlnf
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) November 11, 2017
The CIA on Saturday also pushed back against President Trump for believing Vladimir Putin when he says Russia did not interfere in the 2016 election, saying in a statement that CIA director Mike Pompeo, “stands by” the US intelligence community’s assessments that Russia meddled in the 2016 election, reports CNN.
“The director stands by and has always stood by the January 2017 intelligence community assessment entitled: ‘Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent U.S. Elections.’ The intelligence assessment with regard to Russian election meddling has not changed,” a spokesperson for the agency said.
The CIA statement follows Trump’s remarks on Saturday rejecting the conclusion of every major US intelligence agency that Russia did interfere in the 2016 election.
“Every time he sees me he says, ‘I didn’t do that,’ and I really believe that when he tells me that, he means it,” Trump told reporters on Air Force One.
“I can’t stand there and argue with him, I would rather have him get out of Syria,” Trump said. “You have President Putin very sttwrongly, vehemently says he has nothing to do with that. Now, you are not going to get into an argument, you are going to start talking about Syria and the Ukraine.”
“We could really be helped a lot with Russia having to do with North Korea,” Trump said. “You know you are talking about millions and millions of lives. This isn’t baby stuff, this is the real deal. And if Russia helped us, in addition to China, that problem would go away a lot faster.”
Trump’s remarks follow a meeting between the two world leaders Saturday on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Danang, Vietnam.