After having invited Russian hackers to break into Democratic presidential nominee’s Hillary Clinton’s home server to retrieve the famed missing emails, Donald Trump said in a recent interview that the comments were just sarcasm.
On Wednesday, Trump said that he really hopes that Russian cyber criminals got their hands on the missing emails.
“If they hacked, they probably have her 33,000 emails,”
the Republican presidential nominee said.
The comments came in the wake of the rumored cyber attack on the Democratic National Committee’s computers, which some people attributed to Russian hackers. About tens of thousands of emails were reportedly stolen in the attack.
The billionaire politician even addressed and open invitation to Russia to hack Clinton’s servers too. But the hacking comments were no laughing matter to many politicians since the number one rule of any U.S. politician is not to root against America, even if it’s just a joke.
Critics’ comments started pouring immediately afterwards. Republican Indiana Gov. Mike Pence threatened with “serious consequences” if Russia were to pull some strings in the U. S. elections.
Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta deemed the comments “outrageous.” He noted that a politician running for president is now inviting America’s arch-enemy to get involved in the U.S. politics, a situation which has never been heard of.
Panetta, who’s a Clinton supporter, has doubts that the real estate mogul is qualified to become commander-in-chief.
House Speaker Paul Ryan had also a strong reaction. He described Russia as a “global menace” and its leader as a “devious thug.” Ryan added that Putin should not interfere in American elections.
Shortly after the remarks, Trump tweeted that Russians should at least share the missing emails with the feds, if they happen to have them. The politician refers to the emails that Clinton had admitted she deleted because they included private and personal data.
A few months ago, FBI Director James Comey concluded that the now presidential hopeful and her staff were “extremely careless” in how they managed the sensitive correspondence. FBI however advised DOJ not to press charges against Clinton.
On Thursday, Trump sought to dampen criticism in a Fox News interview by saying that he was just being sarcastic.
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