During a press conference in Florida Wednesday morning, the Republican nominee played into accusations that Russia was meddling in the U.S. presidential election, saying:
“Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”
Umm… did he genuinely forget he’s running for president?
Trump’s comments come on the heels of the Democratic National Committee‘s emails being hacked — which research has concluded was likely done by two Russian intelligence agencies.
Later in the conference, the candidate was asked if he was really urging a foreign nation to meddle in the nation’s elections — to which he dismissively responded, “That’s up to the president,” before telling the female questioner to “be quiet.”
Shortly after the controversial remarks, Clinton’s campaign blasted Trump for encouraging Russian espionage against the U.S., which is a straight up national security threat.
Clinton’s chief foreign policy adviser Jake Sullivan said:
“This has to be the first time that a major presidential candidate has actively encouraged a foreign power to conduct espionage against his political opponent. This has gone from being a matter of curiosity, and a matter of politics, to being a national security issue.”
No doubt, Trump will look mighty hypocritical saying Clinton is risking national security after his most recent unfiltered verbal diarrhea.
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