Donald Trump is facing blistering attacks from all sides after he backed Russian denials over accusations of interference in the 2016 US election.
The US president said he could think of "no reason" why Russia would be involved with the meddling following a meeting with Russian President Vladmir Putin in Helsinki, and claimed "both countries" were responsible for the decline in US-Russia relations.
The views, voiced during a remarkable joint press conference with Putin, are at odds with the general consensus - among US intelligence agencies and across the political spectrum - that Russia did seek to alter the election.
The director of National Intelligence, Dan Coates, said "we have been clear in our assessments of Russian meddling".
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