President Trump said in a new interview that Russia’s meddling in the United States election was an excuse that Democrats used "when they lost."
“Russia was an excuse used by the Democrats when they lost the election. They said — they lost the election — they sat in a room and they said, ‘Wow, we look bad,’ ” Trump said during an interview with Fox News’s “Hannity.”
“The morning after, in fact it's been written about in various books, or a book, but they said, ‘Why did you lose the election?’ And they said, ‘Ah, it was Russia! Russia!’ ” he said.
He said the election loss was best blamed on Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonOvernight Defense & National Security — Presented by Raytheon Technologies — Nation mourns Colin Powell The Memo: Powell ended up on losing side of GOP fight Powell death leads to bipartisan outpouring of grief MORE.
“It wasn't Russia, it was a bad candidate. It was a candidate that didn't go to Wisconsin and Michigan like they should have,” the president continued.
Trump has previously made similar statements that the Democratic Party blamed poor performance on Russia. The U.S. intelligence community has concluded that the Kremlin attempted to influence the election.
“The Democrats had to come up with a story as to why they lost the election, and so badly (306), so they made up a story — RUSSIA. Fake news!” Trump said in February citing the number of electoral votes he received.
“Russia talk is FAKE NEWS put out by the Dems, and played up by the media, in order to mask the big election defeat and the illegal leaks!” the president wrote in another tweet from February.