Ahead of the upcoming NATO summit and his planned meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump appeared to back Putin’s assertion that Russia did not meddle in the 2016 U.S. election, despite saying previously that he agreed with U.S. intelligence agencies on the issue.
"Russia continues to say they had nothing to do with Meddling in our Election!" the president said.
"Where is the DNC Server, and why didn’t Shady James Comey and the now disgraced FBI agents take and closely examine it?" he added. "Why isn’t Hillary/Russia being looked at? So many questions, so much corruption!"
White House national security adviser John Bolton is currently in Russia with the goal of arranging a meeting between Trump and Putin next month.
Bolton said Wednesday that he and his Russian counterparts discussed the election meddling issue and assumed similar discussions would take place later between Trump and Putin.
“We did indeed talk about Russian interference in the elections and I expect it will be a subject of conversation between the two presidents as well,” Bolton said.
Trump's tweet came shortly before the White House announced his meeting with Putin will take place on July 16 in Helsinki, Finland, where the two will "discuss relations between the United States and Russia and a range of national security issues", according to CNN.