February 16, 2018 / 8:34 PM / a month ago

Trump acknowledges Russia mounted anti-U.S. campaign ahead of 2016 election

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump acknowledged on Friday that Russia launched an anti-U.S. campaign ahead of the 2016 election, but in a message on Twitter sent after Special Counsel Robert Mueller charged more than a dozen Russians with meddling in the election, Trump said his campaign did nothing wrong.

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during an announcement on immigration reform in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., August 2, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria/File Photo

“Russia started their anti-US campaign in 2014, long before I announced that I would run for President. The results of the election were not impacted. The Trump campaign did nothing wrong - no collusion!” Trump said in a tweet.

Reporting by Susan Heavey; Writing by Mohammad Zargham; editing by Grant McCool

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