Donald Trump has a strange message for Russia

Donald Trump is making a poor case against the fact that he’s Russia’s favoured winner of the 2016 US Election.
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Donald Trump is making a poor case against the fact that he’s Russia’s favoured winner of the 2016 US Election.

Just as experts are parsing the hacking of the Democratic National Committee’s computers as a genuine national security threat, GOP candidate Donald Trump urges Vladimir Putin to keep up the good work, by challenging Russia to hack into Hillary Clinton’s emails.

“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,” Mr Trump said.

The Clinton camp responded immediately and furiously.

“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,” Mrs Clinton’s senior policy advisor Jake Sullivan said. “This has gone from being a matter of curiosity, and a matter of politics, to being a national security issue.”

Mr Trump had previously dismissed the claims that Russia was behind the hacks, saying it’s not clear who hacked those emails, but the incident is a sign that foreign countries no longer respect the US.

“If it’s any foreign country it shows how little respect they have for the United States,” said Mr Trump, who added that he was “not an email person myself because I believe it can be hacked.”

In a fumbled effort to walk back that invitation to Moscow, Mr Trump responded to reporters who asked if he really was serious in urging foreign eavesdropping on Clinton or the DNC, dismissively – “That’s up to the president.”

Pressed, he told a female reporter: “be quiet — let the president talk to them.”

In a series of Twitter messages, Jason Miller, a campaign spokesman, tried to clarify Mr. Trump’s comments, tweeting:

In a Twitter post of his own however, Mr Trump tweeted:

What do you think of Donald Trump’s latest press conference gaffe?

  1. Greg Atkins  

    We could just laugh at him and dismiss his inane remarks if there wasn’t a distinct possibility that there are enough gullible US voters to elect him. That’s the real worry

    • Joan Marshall  

      It is amazing that you believe Hillary Clinton with her e-mails she has deleted Bengazi, China gate and other lies she has told this is one woman who has tolerated a philandering husband to further her own ambitions. I hope to God she does not become President because I do not trust her as far as she can be thrown.

  2. It is rather strange that there is greater outrage over Mr Trump;s comments than there is over the fact that the system was hacked or the murky contents of the information disclosed. A bit like saying “bugger it we will shoot the messenger regardless of what he has to say”.

    • Mareela  

      Do you really want to see Trump in charge of America? The man’s a fool. Bush was a big enough embarrassment for most Americans.

  3. Vicki Hooper  

    Trump says foreign countries have little respect for America …if that moron gets in there be even less ..America truly will become the laughing stock of the world

    • Joan Marshall  

      You believe Hillary Clinton? the liar of the century on e-mails, Bengazi China gate and a philandering husband to further her own ambitions poor you. God help the world if she became President.

  4. Alan  

    Dont you get it yet. Poor donald has a rare body organ dislocation. That puckered orafic just below his nose is actually his rectum. This is why when it opens all that isdues is s…t.

    • Joan Marshall  

      It is typical of people who go in to denial of Hillary Clinton’s record of lies about her e-mails, china gate, Bengazi and a philandering husband to further her own ambitions. God help America and the world if she becomes President.

      • Mareela  

        Better Hillary than Trump any day. And what about Australia’s current corrupt conservative government? Our current crop of politicians are disgraceful, lying and corrupt, starting with the PM.

  5. Alan  

    Dont you get it yet. Poor donald has a rare body organ dislocation. That puckered orafic just below his nose is actually his rectum. This is why when it opens all that isdues is s…t.

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