February 16, 2018 / 9:03 PM / 4 months 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.

U.S. President Donald Trump walks to Marine One before departing for travel to Florida from the South Lawn of the White House , U.S., February 16, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis

“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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