Sen. Johnson: Putin wrong about Russia election meddling

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson says Russian President Vladimir Putin is "completely wrong" when he says Russia did not interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Johnson says U.S. intelligence agencies have "documented evidence" of Russia's interference and called it "serious" and "unacceptable."

Johnson made the comments after meeting with Wisconsin business executives to hear how their companies are being affected by the U.S. trade war with China. He was responding to Putin's assertion Monday that Russia "never interfered" in the 2016 election. Putin and President Donald Trump were holding a summit in Helsinki.

Johnson says the U.S. needs "to approach Russia from a position of real strength and resolve" and that the U.S. has a "bad relationship" with Russia because of Putin's behavior, including the 2014 annexation of Crimea.

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