White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders says that President Donald Trump heard Russian President Vladimir Putin's denial of election meddling, then decided to move on to other important issues. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) During their meeting in Hamburg, Germany last week, U.S. President Donald Trump heard Russian President Vladimir Putin's denial of election meddling before deciding to move on to discuss other important issues, the White House said on Monday (July 10). "The president multiple times asked Putin whether or not he was involved. And the president heard Putin's denial and also realized that they had some very important topics they needed to cover - Ukraine, North Korea, Syria - and decided to move on from that point of the conversation and focus on those issues," Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said. The Kremlin has denied U.S. intelligence agencies' conclusion that Moscow tried to tilt the election in Trump's favor, using such means as hacking into the emails of senior Democrats. Trump has repeatedly denied any collusion.