All week, CNN anchors cited an anonymous source who claimed President Donald Trump would not confront Russian President Vladimir Putin about election meddling in their meeting at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany.
That source turned out to be dead wrong.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who was present at the two-hour Friday meeting, said Trump almost immediately pressed Putin on attempts to influence public opinion in the 2016 election.
Tillerson said Trump “pressed” Putin on election meddling “on more than one occasion.” Putin denied Russia ever tried to interfere.
“The two leaders agreed that this is a substantial hindrance on the ability of us to move Russian-U.S. relationships forward and agreed to exchange further work regarding commitments of noninterference in the affairs of the United States and our democratic process as well as those of other countries,” Tillerson said.According to a report from the Associated Press, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stated that Trump had accepted Putin’s claims that Russia did not interfere in the election, which flies in the face of exact opposite claims from the American intelligence community.
“So more work to be done in that regard,” he said.
“Well I think it was Russia, and I think it could have been other people and other countries,” Trump said.That’s not good news for CNN, which had for days been citing an anonymous source who claimed Trump would not bring up Russian efforts to sway voters through cyber attacks and online messaging.
“It could have been a lot of people interfered.”
CNN all week: An anonymous source says Trump won't confront Putin about Russia meddling in the election!Today: https://t.co/ik4daHedVA pic.twitter.com/bVTdhlnXWn
— Matt Wolking (@MattWolking) July 7, 2017
CNN was forced to retract the story after Trump campaign associate Anthony Scaramucci reportedly threatened to sue CNN over the poorly-sourced article. CNN reporters resigned shortly after.