“Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing [from Hillary Clinton],” Donald Trump said Wednesday at Doral, FL press conference, staring directly into the cameras. “I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”
Trump’s challenge to Russia comes after the leaked DNC emails purportedly leak back to Russian intelligence.Trump’s call was a noteworthy moment of the press conference, since Russia is being accused of meddling in the U.S. presidential election.
Later in the news conference, when asked if he was urging a foreign nation to hack into the private email server of Clinton he dismissed the question. “That’s up to the president,” Mr. Trump said.“Let the president talk to them.”
“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 Clinton’s chief foreign policy adviser Jake Sullivan in an immediate response. “This has gone from being a matter of curiosity, and a matter of politics, to being a national security issue.”
Trump lambasted the notion he was provoking the country. In fact, he added that if Russia, or any foreign government, is behind the hack, it simply shows just how little respect other nations have for the current administration.