Trump dismisses Jimmy Carter criticism: 'He was a terrible president'

President TrumpDonald John TrumpLiz Cheney: 'Send her back' chant 'inappropriate' but not about race, gender Booker: Trump is 'worse than a racist' Top Democrat insists country hasn't moved on from Mueller MORE on Saturday hit back at former President Jimmy CarterJimmy CarterNo presidential candidate can unite the country Mika Brzezinski gets emotional condemning 'evil' Trump rally 'send her back' chants Trump averages highest approval rating of his presidency in second quarter: Gallup MORE for suggesting Trump's administration is illegitimate.

"Look, he was a nice man. He was a terrible president," Trump told reporters in Japan during the Group of 20 summit.

"He’s a Democrat. And it’s a typical talking point. He’s loyal to the Democrats. And I guess you should be," he added. "As everybody now understands, I won not because of Russia, not because of anybody but myself."

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Trump said Saturday that he won the election because he worked harder than Clinton, adding that he’d "felt badly" for Carter because he’d "been trashed within his own party."

"He’s been badly trashed," Trump continued. "He’s like the forgotten president. And I understand why they say that. He was not a good president."

Trump's remarks came after Carter said Friday during an event in Leesburg, Va., "There’s no doubt that the Russians did interfere in the elections and I think the interference, although not yet quantified, if fully investigated would show that Trump didn’t actually win the election in 2016."

"He lost the election and he was put into office because the Russians interfered on his behalf," Carter said. When asked if he thinks Trump is an illegitimate president, he added, "Based on what I just said, which I can’t retract."

Former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTop Republican considered Mueller subpoena to box in Democrats Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump MORE found Russia did interfere in the 2016 election to help Trump win over Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGeorge Takei: US has hit a new low under Trump Democrats slam Puerto Rico governor over 'shameful' comments, back protesters Matt Gaetz ahead of Mueller hearing: 'We are going to reelect the president' MORE. But neither Mueller nor the U.S. intelligence community has said Russia’s efforts, which included hacking Democratic organizations and a disinformation campaign, contributed directly to Trump’s victory.

Mueller also did not find sufficient evidence to charge any members or associates of Trump’s campaign with conspiring with Russia in its interference efforts, though he also declined to exonerate the president.

Trump has maintained his innocence, repeatedly casting doubt on the U.S. intelligence community’s assessment that Russia interfered in the election in order to help his candidacy.