So President Obama knew about Russia before the Election. Why didn’t he do something about it? Why didn’t he tell our campaign? Because it is all a big hoax, that’s why, and he thought Crooked Hillary was going to win!!!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 22, 2018
July 16th President Trump met with Vladimir Putin. The meeting took place just two days after Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced the indictment of 12 Russian Military Officers who the U.S. alleges hacked the DNC. Rosenstein stated during the press conference that he had informed the President of the charges before President Trump left for Brussels.
While this tweet is not the first tweet in which President Trump calls Russian election interference a hoax. Trump Twitter Archive has the count at five not including the latest one, it is the first since his week of “walk backs,” following the press conference between he and Putin.
Monday July 16th, 2018 President Trump says, “people came to me, Dan Coats came to me and some others and said they think it’s Russia. I have President Putin he just said its not Russia. I will say this I don’t see any reason why it would be, but I really do want to see the server, but I have, but I have confidence in both parties.”
Reporter to @POTUS: Just now, President Putin denied having anything to do with the election interference in 2016. Every U.S. intelligence agency has concluded that Russia did. My first question for you sir is, who do you believe? https://t.co/ayZoKGvWxk pic.twitter.com/b5ad79963g
— CBS News (@CBSNews) July 16, 2018
Tuesday July 17th, 2018 President Trump attempts to clarify his statement. Telling gathered press he misspoke when he said the word would he meant wouldn’t. He also expressed complete faith in the intelligence communities assessment that Russia meddled in the 2016 election stating that he “accepts our intelligence communities conclusion that Russia’s meddling in 2016 election took place. Could be other people also, there’s a lot of people out there.”
To be clear, Trump still seemed to waffle in his acceptance of U.S. intelligence: "I accept our intelligence community's conclusion that Russia's meddling in the 2016 election took place. Could be other people also. A lot of people out there." (via ABC) pic.twitter.com/Gp4hzEbZBc
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) July 17, 2018
July 18th, 2018 President Trump is asked if he thinks Russia was “still targeting the U.S. President Trump states, “thank you very much,” the question is shouted out he replies no, twice,” later Press Secretary Sanders tells reporters he was saying no to taking questions.
— ABC News (@ABC) July 18, 2018
Thursday July 19, 2018 it was reported @ The News Blender that President Trump was made aware that Putin himself had ordered the cyber attack during the election of 2016.
For What It’s Worth
NBC News: December 2017 it was reported by NBC that “in the weeks after he became the Republican nominee” the FBI briefed both Team Trump and Team Clinton, that foreign “adversaries, including Russia,” might try and spy on them on and infiltrate the campaigns. The warning came sometime mid July 2016. Most People did in fact think Hillary Clinton was going to win the election.