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Putin claims to care about the “lack of respect” toward Trump voters

Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures during his annual news conference in Moscow, Russia.
Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures during his annual news conference. Photo: Pavel Golovkin / AP

Russian President Vladimir Putin said accusations of President Trump's collusion with the Russians have "inflicted damage to the domestic political situation" and shows a "lack of respect for voters" who went for Trump in 2016, the AP reports. Putin is speaking at his annual news conference in Moscow.

Why it matters: The U.S. intelligence community determined just months after the election that Russia meddled in the U.S. presidential election last year. Trump has conflicting beliefs — he has said he is with the intelligence community on the matter, but he has also said he believes Putin when Putin says Russia has not meddled.