Russian President Vladimir Putin admitted he wanted Donald Trump to be elected president during a press conference following a private meeting the two leaders held on Monday in Helsinki, Finland.
Asked by a reporter if he wanted Trump to win and if he directed anyone to ensure it happened, Putin said:
"Yes, yes I did... because he talked about bringing the U.S.-Russia relationship back to normal."
CRAZY UNREAL! Question to Putin: Did you want Trump to win the election & did you direct any of your officials… https://t.co/ODQxfEIT9G— ☇RiotWomenn☇ (@☇RiotWomenn☇)1531761383.0
Putin's remarks were preceded by denials of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
I feel a physical sickness, Putin has won, mission accomplished - Trump Denies Election Interference, Putin Says He… https://t.co/xDPgXSbOus— Clint Watts (@Clint Watts)1531761768.0
Both Trump and Putin refuted conclusions by all 17 American intelligence agencies that Russia mounted a massive cyber campaign to influence American voters in favor of Trump.
"Yes, I did." That was Putin's response when asked directly if he wanted Trump to win the 2016 election, adding tha… https://t.co/vWDK6NeJSk— Bloomberg Politics (@Bloomberg Politics)1531756549.0
Russian intelligence operatives also hacked the DNC and accessed voter registration information, actions for which 12 Russian nationals were criminally indicted on Friday.
Banner headline on RT's website right now: "I WANTED TRUMP TO WIN - PUTIN"— Gabriel Debenedetti (@Gabriel Debenedetti)1531755981.0
"I don't see any reason why" Russia would interfere in our election, Trump said. Putin also said his country would never meddle in an American election.
TRUMP: “I don't see any reason why” Russia would have interfered in 2016 presidential election. PUTIN: “Yes, I wan… https://t.co/xpNbz4Bnss— Jennifer Jacobs (@Jennifer Jacobs)1531757444.0
Reactions on social media were swift, but people weren't surprised.
Trump said in Helsinki that he sees no reason Putin would’ve wanted to mess with our 2016 presidential election. Gi… https://t.co/TSAPs9yev4— Laurence Tribe (@Laurence Tribe)1531765512.0
Since well before the election, Trump has repeatedly argued that he Russia wanted Clinton to win. Today, we get th… https://t.co/aIIKdXcMmU— Jeff Zeleny (@Jeff Zeleny)1531756197.0
@bpolitics @cameron_kasky Of course he did - so does that mean @POTUS will believe it now that #PutinSaidSo over ev… https://t.co/I2PM0aRnsL— K Shier (@K Shier)1531757514.0
@riotwomennn But Trump told us Putin wanted Hillary to win! Yeah riiiiigghht! She was spot-on about EVERYTHING on Trump #PutinsPuppet— EU Queen FBPE (@EU Queen FBPE)1531761555.0
@Evan_Rosenfeld @JoyAnnReid Putin has his puppet.— Quontreece Thompson (@Quontreece Thompson)1531756985.0
Last summer, Trump said Putin wanted to see Hillary Clinton elected president, claiming she would have weakened our military, which would make Russia happy.
@Evan_Rosenfeld @JoyAnnReid I guess the boys will just have to agree to disagree... https://t.co/mhXVIFfyi0— Tomer Elkayam (@Tomer Elkayam)1531756301.0
“We are the most powerful country in the world and we are getting more and more powerful because I’m a big military person. As an example, if Hillary had won, our military would be decimated,” Trump said.
Trump went on to say he wanted a strong military, therefore Russia wouldn't have wanted him to get elected.
That’s why I say, why would he want me? Because from day one I wanted a strong military, he doesn’t want to see that.