When asked on Thursday if Russia meddled in the United States presidential election, Russian President Vladimir Putin responded by saying, “Read my lips: No.”
Putin said he was “confident” that Russia did not interfere in last year’s election, having quoted former President George H.W. Bush’s 1988 pledge to not raise taxes — although Putin mistakenly cited former President Ronald Reagan in his statement.
“All those things are fictional, illusory and provocations, lies. All these are used for domestic American political agendas. The anti-Russian card is played by different political forces inside the United States to trade on that and consolidate their positions inside,” Putin told a CNBC-moderated panel of world leaders, according to The Hill.
Putin’s comments come on the heels of today’s first hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s investigation into Russian election interference in the form of disinformation, hacking and the like.