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Trump admits Russia interfered with US election after meeting intelligence heads

Trump met top US intelligence officials who briefed him on the hacking scandal. Photograph: (Reuters)

AFP District of Columbia, DC, United States Jan 06, 2017, 09.18 PM (IST)

In his meeting with the top intelligence officials, President-elect Donald Trump declined to single out Russia over cyber-interference in the US election.

Trump made the statement after meeting four top intelligence chiefs who have concluded that senior Russian government officials were behind an unprecedented effort to influence the election.

The director of National Intelligence James Clapper, while appearing before a Senate committee, had said that he was "resolute" in his belief that the Russians launched a campaign to influence the US presidential elections by staging cyber attacks on the Democatic party.
 
"While Russia, China, other countries, outside groups and people are consistently trying to break through the cyber infrastructure of our governmental institutions, businesses and organizations including the Democrat National Committee, there was absolutely no effect on the outcome of the election," Trump said in a statement.

(With inputs from AFP)

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