Trump, speaking to reporters at the White House, also said it
has been a tough time for Manafort, and said he was honored by
the judge's remarks at the Thursday sentencing.
"I feel very badly for Paul Manafort. I think it's been a very,
very tough time," he said. "The judge - I mean for whatever
reason I was very honored by it - also made the statement that
this had nothing to do with collusion with Russia."
Trump reiterated his position that he did not assist Russia in
allegedly interfering in the 2016 presidential election that he
won, saying, "I don't collude with Russia."
Russia has denied the allegations that it meddled in the
election, which led to the investigation spearheaded by Special
Counsel Robert Mueller that has ensnared Manafort and others in
(Reporting by Roberta Rampton and Lisa Lambert; Writing by Susan
Heavey; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Jonathan Oatis)
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