Former US President Carter has said that Trump is in power thanks to the "Russian intervention"
Former US President Jimmy Carter was asked if President Donald Trump legally won the 2016 election against Hillary Clinton. Carter replied that Trump is in power only because "the Russians intervened," writes Fox News.
94-year-old Democrat spoke at a forum in Virginia. The moderator asked the former head of state how the US should “interact with Russia,” which interfered with the country's ability to conduct “free and fair elections.”
Carter responded by calling on Trump to recognize the interference and "condemn him."
“I think a full investigation would show that Trump did not actually win the 2016 election. He lost the election and was appointed to office because the Russians intervened in his defense, ”he said.
Then Mitcham asked Carter if he described Trump as an “illegal president.” Carter sat silently for a few seconds while the people gathered at the event laughed before answering: "In fact, this is what I just said, something I cannot refuse."
Carter’s comments came after Trump at the G-20 summit in Japan met with Russian President Vladimir Putin and jokingly told him not to “interfere” in the upcoming elections. A reporter asked Trump, who was sitting next to Putin, whether he would say that "the Russian president did not interfere in the elections." Trump, without looking at Putin, replied: “Of course I will. Do not interfere in the election, the president. Do not interfere in the election. " Putin met this remark with a smile.
As ForumDaily wrote earlier:
- It was the first meeting of Trump and Putin after investigations by special prosecutor Robert Muller, who found no evidence of Trump's campaign headquarters with the Kremlin, but proved that Russian hackers interfered in the US presidential election in 2016.
- The last bilateral talks between the leaders of Russia and the United States held in July 2018 at the Helsinki summit. Trump and Putin held a more than two-hour meeting, which was attended only by their translators. Some US intelligence officials were not informed about its contents.
- Trump canceled meeting with Putin at the G20 Summit in Argentina in November 2018. The reason for this decision, according to the American leader, was Russia's seizure of Ukrainian ships in the Kerch Strait.
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