Donald Trump Says He Was 'Sarcastic' About Russian Hackers

Trump said his overture to Russian hackers to release Hillary Clinton's private emails "was said in a sarcastic manner."
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Transcript for Donald Trump Says He Was 'Sarcastic' About Russian Hackers
But now to Donald Trump. The republican nominee wasting no time attacking Hillary Clinton's speech overnight and now saying his call for Russia to find and release her e-mails, well, he says sarcastic. ABC's tomorr llamas has more. Reporter: Changing his tune on the Russian hack and sending his rebuttal to last night's speech via Twitter saying no one has worst judgment than Hillary Clinton. Overnight, Donald Trump firing back at Hillary Clinton and the chorus of anti-trump speeches that made up the final night of the democratic convention. The trump campaign calling her prime time speech an insulting collection of cliches and a speech delivered from a fantasy universe. And trump launching a tweet storm, six tweets in ten minute, trump tweeting, Hillary's vision is a borderless world where working people have no power, no job, no safety. And as trump takes on the democrat, he's also trying to explain his way out of this. Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 e-mails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press. Reporter: Trump now saying he wasn't inviting Russian hackers to hack Hillary Clinton's e-mails, but just being, quote, sarcastic. Obviously I was being sarcastic and a lot of people really smiled and laughed. It was said in a sarcastic manner, obviously. Reporter: But trump originally stood by his call for the Russian hack when pressed during that news conference. I hope they do. They probably have her 33,000 e-mails that she lost and deleted because you'd see some beauties there, so let's see. Reporter: Trump now also facing questions about another statement he made during that same news conference on Wednesday. I have nothing to do with Putin. I've never spoken to him of I don't know anything about him other than he will respect me. Reporter: In 2014 trump said this about Putin. I was in Russia, I was in Moscow recently and I spoke indirectly and directly with president Putin, who could not have been nicer. And we had a tremendous success. Reporter: In Iowa, trump asked about his recent statements concerning Russia and how voters are supposed to know when to take him for his word. I think people understand that very -- I think it's pretty understandable. Reporter: And that's understandable. We should also mention trump is wrapping up one of his busiest weeks on the trail. Traditionally when campaigns take time off during the opposing party's convention, trump hit several battleground state thes. Nothing traditional. Jon Karl with me and Matthew

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