Jun 26, 2017 - Politics & Policy

Trump thinks Russian meddling wasn't a solo act, Spicer says

Evan Vucci / AP

Sean Spicer told reporters off-camera Monday that President Trump thinks Russia interfered in the 2016 election, but also thinks "other countries as well could have been equally involved."

As for Barack Obama's response, Spicer said, "It's pretty clear they knew all along there was no collusion and that's pretty helpful to the president." He later asked, "they've been playing this card on Trump and Russia... If they didn't take any action, does that make them complicit?"

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