Donald Trump encourages Russia to hack Hillary Clinton

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DORAL, Florida (CNN) — Donald Trump called on Russia to hack Hillary Clinton’s email on Wednesday.

“Russia, if you’re listening I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press,” Trump said during a news conference in Florida.

Shortly after his event ended, Trump repeated his call on Twitter.

“If Russia or any other country or person has Hillary Clinton’s 33,000 illegally deleted emails, perhaps they should share them with the FBI!” Trump tweeted.

Clinton’s campaign said Trump’s comments amounted to encouraging “a foreign power to conduct espionage.”

“This has to be the first time that a major presidential candidate has actively encouraged a foreign power to conduct espionage against his political opponent,” said Hillary for America senior policy adviser Jake Sullivan. “That’s not hyperbole, those are just the facts. This has gone from being a matter of curiosity, and a matter of politics, to being a national security issue.”

Trump also suggested during his news conference that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s lack of respect for the U.S. prompted him to once call President Barack Obama “the N word.” There are no published reports to back up Trump’s claim about Putin’s use of the racially derogatory term.

“I was shocked. Number one, he doesn’t like him. Number two, he doesn’t respect him,” Trump said.

He called Russia’s potential involvement in the hack another sign of Russia’s “disrespect for our country.”

Trump said U.S.-Russia relations would be better under his presidency than if Clinton ascended to the Oval Office, saying he would treat Putin “firmly,” but would seek to bolster ties between the U.S. and Russia.

“He will respect me,” Trump said.

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3 comments

  • Robert Everett

    And the press wonders why we hate them even more than politicians? Donald Trump did not do any such thing. This headline says that he encouraged Russians to hack. No such thing. He merely commented on the vastly circulated opinion that they HAD ALREADY hacked Hillary’s emails. As a matter of fact Hillary and her minions are saying that the Russians are responsible for hacking the DNC emails. Donald Trump merely said “if you have them let us see them.

    You are a disgusting piece of yellow journalism. Journalism is dead dead dead! It is amusing that what once was the most maligned newspaper (and justifiably so), the National Enquirer is now one of the most believable and the New York Times which was once the best is now practicing yellow journalism.

  • Sparty97

    If the HLC’s deleted email messages were just personal and not government related, then why would it be a national security issue if they were located and made public?