Associate Professor in American politics Brendon O'Connor spoke to the ABC's 'The Signal' podcast about Donald Trump's reversal on statements he made at a press conference with Vladimir Putin that appeared to exonerate Russia from accusations of meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Professor O'Connor told the program that in this instance it seemed that Trump's advisors had forced the president to walk back his claim that he could see no reason why Russia "would" interfere in US politics.