Russian President Vladimir Putin said Saturday that he assured President Trump that Moscow had not interfered in the 2016 presidential election, and that it appeared to him that Trump had agreed with his assurances. Talking to reporters Saturday at the Group of 20 Summit in Hamburg, the Russian leader said he had repeated that “there was no basis to believe that Russia” interfered in the elections. “I feel as though my answers satisfied him,” Putin said.
Tillerson said that “President Putin denied such involvement,” but he did not say whether Trump accepted that assertion. Rather, Tillerson said Trump decided to move on because Russia would not admit blame. He confirmed Putin’s assertion that the two sides had agreed on bilateral talks to create a group for preventing interference in “the internal affairs of other countries.”