Trump says “The results of the election were not impacted” by the Russian efforts.
We don’t know that. We have no idea how many, if any, votes were affected by it. Because the impact cannot be determined, I accept the results. Trump won. I will not say that he would have won without Russian help because we will never know if that’s true or not. The Russians must think they got good results because they have continued meddling through social media and will likely meddle in the 2018 elections since Trump will not try to stop them.
Trump says “The Trump campaign did nothing wrong – no collusion.”
How can he say the campaign did nothing wrong? Two people have admitted guilt and two more have been indicted. Nobody in his campaign was charged in the new indictments but he can’t make a blanket statement about the entire campaign.
There was no collusion with the Russians indicted in the campaign. The overall collusion issue is still open while Mueller completes his investigation (if Trump and the Republicans let him).
Trump is correct when he says “Russia started their anti-US campaign in 2014” but that isn’t relevant to the 2016 election.
Here’s the Washington Post’s opinion.
update August 1, 2018: