President Donald Trump said he’s “very concerned” that Russia will try to meddle in November’s midterm elections to help Democrats win.
Trump said in a tweet he is “very concerned that Russia will be fighting very hard to have an impact on the upcoming Election,” but added: “they will be pushing very hard for the Democrats. They definitely don’t want Trump!”
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 did not explain his reasoning.
The U.S. intelligence community concluded Russia meddled in the 2016 election to try to help Trump win, and Russian President Vladimir Putin said last week at his joint press conference with Trump that he was rooting for the Republican.
The tweet is the latest example of Trump sowing doubts about the integrity of the U.S. electoral system. In 2016, he repeatedly claimed the election was “rigged,” drawing a rebuke from Barack Obama, among others.
Putin previously denied meddling
Putin acknowledged he wanted Trump to win the 2016 presidential race during a joint news conference with Trump after their July 16 summit in Helsinki. Putin denied meddling in the election.
Trump’s summit performance drew a fierce backlash in the United States after he shied away from blaming the Russian leader for the election interference. Critics accused Trump of siding with Russia over his own country by failing to so.
Democrats are seeking to take control of the House of Representatives and Senate in the November elections from the Republicans. Wresting control of either or both chambers could allow Democrats to derail or stall much of Trump’s policy agenda, while ushering in more aggressive congressional oversight and investigation of his administration.