President Donald Trump has said he accepts US intelligence agencies’
conclusion that Russia interfered in the 2016 election - despite
declining to do so just a day ago.
He said he had misspoken on Monday and had meant to say he saw no reason
why it was not Russia that meddled.
The original comments, after he met Russian President Vladimir Putin in
Helsinki, drew a barrage of criticism.
Even some of Mr Trump’s allies had urged him to clarify his stance.
In his latest remarks, he added that he had "full faith and support" in
US intelligence agencies.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is to appear before Congress next week to
answer questions on what happened during Mr Trump’s two-hour meeting
with President Putin on Monday.
The controversy centres on a response he gave to a question at a news
conference on Monday following the summit with Mr Putin.
REPORTER: President Putin denied having anything to do with the election
interference in 2016. Every US intelligence agency has concluded that
Russia did. My first question for you, sir, is, who do you believe?