Trump: 'Russia story' the 'greatest con job in history’

Trump: 'Russia story' the 'greatest con job in history’
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President Trump during a Wednesday interview went after the Democrats, saying the "Russia story" is a "hoax" created by his opponents.

"[T]his Russia story is a hoax made up by the Democrats as an excuse for losing an election that they should have won because it’s almost impossible for a Republican to win the Electoral College," Trump told Reuters.

He went on to say there was "zero coordination" between his presidential campaign and the Russians.

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"It’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. There’s no coordination, this was a hoax, this was made up by the Democrats," Trump said.

"This is the greatest con job in history, where a party sits down the day after they got their ass kicked, and they say, 'Huh, what’s our excuse?' "

He called the allegations of collusion between his campaign and Moscow to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election a "disgrace," adding it is "very bad for our country."

"And the Russians must be laughing, because this narrative is so bad for us as a country," he said.

Trump has in the past decried the investigation into Russian election meddling as a "witch hunt."

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Trump has since defended his son, saying during the interview that "many people would have held that meeting."