'No collusion': Trump says he's vindicated by Russia meddling indictments

Trump walks to Marine One as he heads to Florida from the White House, Feb 16, 2018.
Trump walks to Marine One as he heads to Florida from the White House, Feb 16, 2018.PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - The White House on Friday (Feb 16) declared that US indictments of Russians for meddling in the 2016 presidential election showed that the campaign of President Donald Trump had nothing to do with an issue that has overshadowed his year in office.

Trump, who was briefed on the indictments, was "glad to see the Special Counsel's investigation further indicates - that there was NO COLLUSION between the Trump campaign and Russia and that the outcome of the election was not changed or affected," the White House said in a statement.

"It's time we stop the outlandish partisan attacks, wild and false allegations, and far-fetched theories, which only serve to further the agendas of bad actors, like Russia, and do nothing to protect the principles of our institutions," Trump said in the statement.

(This story is developing)