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President Donald Trump on
Tuesday once again claimed no president has been tougher on
Russia than him.

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  • President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he was concerned
    Russia would attempt to help Democrats in upcoming elections,
    claiming no president has been “tougher” on Russia than
    him. 
  • Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election and
    did so to bolster Trump’s chances of winning, the US
    intelligence community has concluded.
  • Trump’s tweet Tuesday
    marks another shift
    in his stance on Russian election
    interference and comes roughly a week after his meeting with
    Russian President Vladimir Putin.
  • The Obama administration took
    retaliatory measures against Russia for election
    interference

President Donald Trump on Tuesday claimed Russia would attempt to
help Democrats in upcoming elections because no president has
been “tougher” on Russia than him. 

“I’m very concerned that Russia will be fighting very hard
to have an impact on the upcoming Election. Based on the fact
that no President has been tougher on Russia than me, they will
be pushing very hard for the Democrats. They definitely don’t
want Trump!” he tweeted.

Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election and did
so to bolster Trump’s chances of winning, the US
intelligence community has concluded
. Intelligence agencies

have warned Russia is planning future attacks
on the US
electoral system, including the 2018 midterms, but have not
warned of any potential motivations toward US domestic
politics.

Trump’s tweet on Tuesday
marks another shift
in his stance on Russian election
interference. The president has long expressed doubts about
whether or not Russia meddled at all, often contradicting the US
intelligence community.

During a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in
Helsinki, Finland, last Monday, Trump appeared to side with the
Russian leader over US intelligence agencies on the
subject. 

Upon returning to the US, Trump claimed he misspoke during
his meeting with Putin and said he agreed with the US
intelligence community’s assessment on Russian election
meddling. 

Trump also referred to investigations around Russian election
meddling as “a
big hoax”
 in a tweet on Sunday. White House press
secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders later said the president was
referencing the allegations his campaign colluded with Russian
officials it efforts to meddle with the 2016 election. 

Meanwhile, the White House recently said discussions are
“underway”
to host Putin in Washington this fall, which could
put his visit close to Election Day. 

Trump’s administration has taken harsh actions against Russia at
times, including expelling diplomats and implementing economic
sanctions. But Trump has complained
about such sanctions
as he’s continued to compliment Putin
and push for friendlier relations with Russia. 

The Obama administration also took
retaliatory measures against Russia for election
interference

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