“The reason why Democrats only talk about the totally made up Russian story is because they have no message, no agenda and no vision,” Trump said.
Trump went on to blame Democrats and the media for ignoring his accomplishments as president, and called the investigation into Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 US presidential election “a total fabrication.”
“It’s just an excuse for the greatest loss in the history of American politics. That’s all it is,” Trump said. “What the prosecutors should be looking at is Hillary Clinton’s 33,000 deleted emails.”
Trump said investigators should also be looking into the Clintons for their paid speeches in Russia and Clinton selling uranium that Trump said “is now in the hands of very angry Russians.”
Trump repeatedly denied that his campaign colluded with the Russians, telling his supporters they “didn’t win because of Russia, we won because of you.”
He added that the Democrats are trying to “cheat” voters out of leadership they want with a story that he called “demeaning to our country and demeaning to our Constitution.”
“Democrat lawmakers can decide, they can continue their obsession with the Russian hoax, or they can serve the interests of the American people,” Trump said. “Try winning at the voter booth.”
As the congressional investigation into Russia’s alleged meddling in the US election drags on 10 months after the vote with any hard evidence explicitly pointing to the role of the Russian authorities yet to be produced, the diplomatic feud between Washington and Moscow has been exacerbated by recent searches in Russian diplomatic compounds in the US, including in the consulate in San Francisco. The properties were seized by the US authorities in what Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov described as a “flagrant violation of international norms.”
Moscow announced it is initiating legal proceedings to get the properties returned.
Russia has repeatedly denied any allegations it interfered in the election campaign. In an interview to filmmaker Oliver Stone in June, Russian President Vladimir Putin, for his part, accused the US in meddling in Russia’s latest presidential elections of 2012 by campaigning on the side of the Russian opposition.
In August, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov stated that he has “no doubt” that the US would attempt to influence the 2018 presidential elections.
“We are used to American interference, we live with it. It’s the same as wire-tapping by US secret services,” Ryabkov said in an interview to foreign media.
Facebook appeared to link Moscow to some 3,000 political ads run by 470 “inauthentic” accounts between June 2015 and May 2017 that touched on US topics ranging from gun right to LGBT rights and immigration.
Facebook noted that the most part of the said advertisements did not promote any candidate or even did not include any specific reference to the US presidential campaign.
The only grounds given for the claim was that the pages were “affiliated with one another and likely operated out of Russia.”
Google has said it has failed to unearth any facts that would implicate Moscow in exploiting its advertising tools to manipulate the US elections. It comes after Facebook said it had found dozens of Russia-linked fake pages promoting divisive US-related issues.
“We’re always monitoring for abuse or violations of our policies and we’ve seen no evidence this type of ad campaign was run on our platforms,” Google said in a statement Thursday, as cited by Reuters.