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Putin says he wanted Trump to beat Clinton

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday he wanted President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump to fundraise for 3 Republicans running for open seats: report Trump to nominate former Monsanto exec to top Interior position White House aides hadn’t heard of Trump's new tax cut: report MORE to win the 2016 election, a comment sure to fuel more scrutiny of Moscow’s meddling efforts. 
 
"Yes, I did, because he was the one who wanted to normalize relations with Russia,” Putin said when asked if he wanted Trump to win. 
 
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Trump decided to go ahead with his meeting with Putin despite the U.S. indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officers who are accused of hacking Democratic entities in 2016. 
 
 
Trump said Monday he has "great confidence" in the intelligence community but said that Putin was "very powerful" in his denials that Russia was not involved.