Sean Spicer has not asked Trump about Russia meddling in 2016 election

When the story of the alleged meddling by Russia broke, Trump and his transition team raised doubts about the reliability of the intelligence community.
By James Carlin | Jun 23, 2017
When reporters asked White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer if President Trump agrees with the 17 spy agencies' conclusion that Russia interfered with the 2016 election campaign, he gave an astonishing answer.

"I have not sat down and talked to him about that specific thing, " said Spicer, in a press briefing Tuesday, as reported by Bloomberg.

When the story of the alleged meddling by Russia broke, Trump and his transition team raised doubts about the reliability of the intelligence community.

"These are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapon of mass destruction," said Trump's team in a Dec. 9, 2016 statement. "The election ended a long time ago in one of the biggest Electoral College victories in history."

Trump also has said that the FBI's investigation into election interference by the Russians is "a made-up story" and that he fired former FBI director James Comey in order to end the probe.

Russian President Vladimir Putin repeatedly has denied that his government was involved in trying to influence the U.S. election. However, he recently said that patriotic-minded Russian private citizens may have independently done the hacking, which included releasing voluminous hacked emails belonging to Democrats.

Spicer will be leaving his position as press secretary and is actively searching for his own replacement, according to Politico. He and White House chief of staff Reince Priebus have already had early discussions with Fox News contributor Laura Ingraham.

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