Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump criticizes Justice for restoring McCabe's benefits Biden: Those who defy Jan. 6 subpoenas should be prosecuted Hillicon Valley — Presented by LookingGlass — Hackers are making big money MORE's campaign manager on Friday denied that the Republican presidential nominee willingly appeared on a Russian government-sponsored television network.
"As you know, former CNN superstar Larry King has a podcast and Mr. Trump went on his podcast. Nobody said it was going to be on Russian TV," Kellyanne Conway said on CNN's "New Day."
Conway similarly argued on "CBS This Morning" that Trump did the interview with King, "a personal friend of his," and didn't know where it would be played.
"He was doing it as a favor to his friend Larry King," she said.
Trump, whose campaign has faced repeated criticism for its praise of and alleged ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin, conducted a roughly 10-minute phone interview with the Kremlin-backed RT America, appearing on the show "Politicking," hosted by veteran TV host King.
During the interview, Trump argued that it's "pretty unlikely" Russia is trying to meddle in the U.S. election. "I think maybe the Democrats are putting that out. You know, who knows?"
Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump criticizes Justice for restoring McCabe's benefits Biden sends 'best wishes' to Clinton following hospitalization The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Altria - Jan. 6 panel flexes its muscle MORE's campaign panned Trump's appearance on the network:
After getting pounded for Putin praise all day, Trump currently being interviewed on...— Jesse Lehrich (@JesseLehrich) September 8, 2016
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