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    US President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin attend a joint press conference after a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, on July 16, 2018

    Trump 'Very Concerned' Russia Will Try to Meddle in US Midterms to Help Dems

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    During the press conference following the meeting between the US and Russian presidents in Helsinki, Trump revealed that Vladimir Putin "gave his word" that Russia had never meddled in the US elections and will never do so in the future. The upcoming mid-term elections will take place in the US in November 2018.

    US President Trump has alleged that Russia will attempt to influence the upcoming elections in the US, but noted that Moscow is likely to "push for the Democrats" instead of the Republicans, since he has been more "tough" on Russia than anyone else.

    Trump's tweet comes hot on the heels of the much criticized press conference after his first one-on-one meeting with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin. During the conference the US president hinted that he trusts Putin's word, who had assured him that Russia had never meddled in US election, over his own intelligence agencies' reports.

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    Numerous lawmakers, both Democrats and Republicans, blasted Trump for his performance and that allegedly trusted the Russian president more than his own intelligence services. Trump later backtracked from some of his statements in Helsinki, claiming that he had misspoken and never meant to appear as though he did not trust the US intelligence agencies. He also said that he considers Putin "personally responsible" for meddling in the US election.

    While commenting on the results of the one-on-one talks, both presidents called them highly productive and agreed to continue the dialogue. Days after the Helsinki summit, the White House announced that it is discussing inviting the Russian president to come to Washington this fall.

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