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.”
Question to Putin:
Did you want Trump to win the election & did you direct any of your officials to help him do that?
"Yes, I did. Yes, I did.
Because he talked about bringing the US / Russia relationship back to normal"
— ☇RiotWomenn☇ (@riotwomennn) July 16, 2018
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 Wanted Trump To Win In 2016 – https://t.co/gvdLPX5uU8
— Clint Watts (@selectedwisdom) July 16, 2018
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 that Trump expressed a desire to improve U.S.-Russian relations https://t.co/weQLHtk0w8 #Helsinki2018 pic.twitter.com/ynYe39GLW1
— Bloomberg Politics (@bpolitics) July 16, 2018
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 (@gdebenedetti) July 16, 2018
“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 wanted him to win, because he was talking about normalizing the relationship between Russia and the U.S.''
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) July 16, 2018
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. Gimme a break. Putin offered the obvious reason at the same presser when he admitted that he wanted Trump to win the US presidency.
— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) July 16, 2018
Since well before the election, Trump has repeatedly argued that he Russia wanted Clinton to win.
Today, we get the answer straight from Putin himself.
"Did you want Donald Trump to win?" @jeffmason1 of Reuters asks.
Putin: "Yes I did."
— Jeff Zeleny (@jeffzeleny) July 16, 2018
— K Shier (@Kesbug) July 16, 2018
But Trump told us Putin wanted Hillary to win! Yeah riiiiigghht!
She was spot-on about EVERYTHING on Trump #PutinsPuppet
— EU Queen. #FBPE (@VeeCee30) July 16, 2018
Yup Putin admits it because they have another plan in place and they aren’t worried at all. This is not a good sign
— nicole (@NicoleVedEnvy) July 16, 2018
Putin has his puppet.
— Quontreece Thompson (@QuontreeceThom5) July 16, 2018
Last summer, Trump said Putin wanted to see Hillary Clinton elected president, claiming she would have weakened our military, which would make Russia happy.
I guess the boys will just have to agree to disagree…https://t.co/mhXVIFfyi0
— Tomer (@TomerElk) July 16, 2018
“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.