In this July 16, 2018, file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin arrive for a press conference after their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland. If Donald Trump is serious about his public courtship of Vladimir Putin, he may want to take pointers from one of the Russian leader's longtime suitors: Chinese President Xi Jinping. In this political love triangle, Putin and Xi are tied by strategic need and a rare dose of personal affection, while Trump's effusive display in Helsinki showed him as an earnest admirer of the man leading a country long considered America's adversary. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)

The White House responded to a new storm of criticism about Russian meddling Wednesday by pointing out that the hacking occurred while President Barack Obama was in office....

“This didn’t happen under President Trump’s watch,” said White house press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, referring to Moscow’s cyber interference in the 2016 presidential election.

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