President Donald Trump waves as he boards Air Force One at Morristown Municipal Airport, in Morristown, N.J., Sunday, July 22, 2018, en route to Washington after staying at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Trump returns to Russia doubting after a week of walkbacks

July 22, 2018 - 11:21 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is back to referring to the Russia commotion as "a big hoax."

That comes after a week of drama, back tracking, a double negative and blistering statements from allies about his attitude toward Russian election interference.

Trump spent days trying to reassure the country that he accepts that the longtime foe interfered in the 2016 election after his public undermining of U.S. intelligence agencies in Helsinki while standing alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin. But Trump cast doubt once again in a Sunday tweet, diminishing at least the significance, if not the existence, of the interference and the U.S. investigation into Russia's actions.

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