Putin Says He Wanted Trump to Win in 2016, Didn’t Interfere

Russia's Vladimir Putin said he did want Donald Trump to win the 2016 U.S. presidential election but took no action during the campaign to make it happen

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HELSINKI (AP) — Russia’s Vladimir Putin said Monday he did want Donald Trump to win the 2016 U.S. presidential election but took no action during the campaign to make it happen. He said he favored the celebrity businessman because of his policies. Trump and Putin “spent a great deal of time” discussing allegations of Russian election meddling as they met for several hours Monday, the U.S. president said. But Trump did not strongly condemn the…