Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpEsper sidesteps question on whether he aligns more with Mattis or Trump Warren embraces Thiel label: 'Good' As tensions escalate, US must intensify pressure on Iran and the IAEA 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."
 
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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?"