nearvideo Jimmy Carter: Donald Trump is an illegitimate President
Raw video: Former President Jimmy Carter says that he believes that Donald Trump lost the elections and was in office because Russia intervened on his behalf.
Former President Jimmy Carter asked Friday whether the President Trump the right won the election in 2016 over Hillary Clinton, arguing that Trump is only in office because “the Russians interfered.”
The 94-year-old Democrat, he was in a Virginia forum is moderated by presidential biographer Jon Meacham, who asked how the United States should “deal with Russia” interference in the ability of the country’s “free and fair elections.”
Carter answered, to recognize by an appeal to trump, the interference, and “condemn it”
“I think that a full investigation would show that Trump really win the election in 2016. He lost the election, and he came into the office, because the Russians interfered on his behalf,” he said at the Carter Center event.
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Meacham followed, and asks Carter whether he, the characterization of Trump as an “illegitimate President”. Carter sat still for a few seconds as the audience laughed, before he answered: “basically, what I just said, I can’t pull back.”
Carter’s comments came on the heels of Trump face-to-face meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G-20 summit in Japan, where he was criticized for jokingly tell Putin not to “interfere” in the upcoming elections.
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Trump, sitting next to Putin, was asked by a reporter whether he would say “the Russian President not to interfere in the election.” There was some cross-talk in the space in time.
Trump, without looking at Putin replied, “of course I will. Not interfere in the choice of President. Do not meddle in the choice.”
Trump’s sound and delivery were immediately called. The AP ran the headline, “Trump jokes to Putin: don’t Meddle in the election.”
The report said his tone was “open to interpretation, but not to mention to do seems to be of little questions about Trump’s relationship to Russia as a result of the special counsel, Robert Müller the conclusion that his campaign is not the cooperation with Russia in the year 2016.”
Fox News’ Edmund DeMarche and Brie Stimson contributed to this report.