United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley on Saturday denied that President Donald Trump accepted that Russia did not interfere in the 2016 election, as Russian officials have suggested, adding that "everybody knows that Russia meddled in our elections."
In an interview with CNN’s "State of the Union" set to air Sunday, Haley said that Trump brought up Russian meddling early on in his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday, telling him to "cut it out."
"[Trump] wanted him to basically look him in the eye, let him know that yes, we know you meddled in our elections. Yes we know you did it, cut it out," Haley said. "And I think President Putin did exactly what we thought he would do, which is deny it. This is Russia trying to save face. And they can’t. They can’t."
She added: "Everybody knows that Russia meddled in our elections. Everybody knows that they’re not just meddling in the United States’ election. They’re doing this across multiple continents, and they’re doing this in a way that they’re trying to cause chaos within the countries."
Conflicting reports of Trump and Putin’s discussion of election interference during their highly-anticipated meeting came out from the U.S. and Russia Friday.
Tillerson said on Friday following the meeting that "it’s not clear to me that we will ever come to some agreed-upon resolution" in regards to Russian interference in the 2016 election.
But Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said after the meeting that Trump accepted that the Kremlin did not interfere with the election, according to the Associated Press.
Putin on Saturday told members of the G-20 in Hamburg, Germany, that he thought that Trump was satisfied with his interference denials, according to the AP.
Haley added that more global leaders will likely come out and say that Russia interfered with their elections and denounce the actions, adding, "we’re not going to put up with it."
Host Dana Bash pressed Haley on why Trump won’t categorically say that Russia interfered in the 2016 election in public. But Haley defended the president, saying that him taking action with Putin carried more weight than his prior statements on the matter.
"I think that you can ask him," Haley said. "Everybody’s trying to nitpick what he says and what he doesn’t, but talk is one thing. Actions are another. He confronted President Putin. He made it the first thing that he talked about. And I think we have to now see where it goes from here.