The latest news is that:
[Journalist:] 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.
What — who — my first question for you, sir, is who do you believe?
My second question is would you now, with the whole world watching, tell President Putin, would you denounce what happened in 2016 and would you warn him to never do it again?
TRUMP: So let me just say that we have two thoughts. You have groups that are wondering why the FBI never took the server — haven’t they taken the server. Why was the FBI told to leave the office of the Democratic National Committee?
I’ve been wondering that, I’ve been asking that for months and months and I’ve been tweeting it out and calling it out on social media. Where is the server? I want to know where is the server and what is the server saying?
With that being said, all I can do is ask the question. My people came to me, Dan Coats came to me and some others, they said they think it’s Russia. I have President Putin; he just said it’s 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 — I have confidence in both parties. I — I really believe that this will probably go on for a while, but I don’t think it can go on without finding out what happened to the server.
A lot of the press interpreted that as Trump siding with Putin against his own intelligence advisers.
On the other hand, I remberer reading some weeks ago, on Jul 4 more precisely that:
White House spokesman Hogan Gidley, asked by reporters on Tuesday about the Senate panel's report while travelling with Mr Trump on Air Force One to West Virginia, said: "The president has been very clear and has said it many times that he feels the Russians meddled in the election."
So that looks like a fundamental change in Trump's position on the matter. Has there been any (sufficiently authoritative) commentary reconciling this apparent contradiction? (E.g. Did his spokesman misspoke on Jul 4? The press transcribed it it wrong? Or on Jul 16, did Trump merely reject one narrow aspect of the interference, the specific server business? Has he clarified what he meant later on?)
It's hard to find another, recent and unambiguous statement of Trump on the matter. One that I did find
"As far as hacking, I think it was Russia,"
goes back to January 2017 which is like 18 months ago (there a video of that too). But a lot of stuff happened since Jan 2017; I want to know if Trump's position on the matter can be charted in recent times, besides the press conference with Putin.