- Dave Lawler
- Jul 9
Priebus: Trump "absolutely did not believe" Putin's denial
Evan Vucci / AP
WH Chief of Staff Reince Priebus told Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace that President Trump "absolutely did not" take Vladimir Putin at his word when he denied Russia interfered in the U.S. election. Sums it up: Priebus alternated sentence to sentence whether Trump believes Russia "probably" interfered or "did" interfere.
The current position: "It doesn't mean they're off the hook, but what it mean is that we're not going to forgo progress simply because we have a disagreement in regards to this meddling in the United States election."
Priebus also said he has "no idea" why Donald Trump Jr, Paul Manafort and Jared Kushner decided to meet a Kremlin-connected lawyer during the election to discuss adoption, adding, "there was nothing to it, it was a 20 minute meeting."
Quote of the day: "He was a star in Hamburg, and no one can take that away."