Trump Ignites Firestorm Over Russia Comments

GOP nominee claims he was being sarcastic when he called on Russia to release Hillary Clinton's missing emails.
2:37 | 07/28/16

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Donald Trump telling his supporters don't watch Hillary Clinton speech tonight Donald Trump tweeting last night President Obama spoke bus speeding about a world that does not exist. But it's not what President Obama said but what Donald Trump says the trump is now responding to tonight. The appealed to Russia saying to them if you're listening find Hillary Clinton's 30000 emails. Direct campaign says he was being sarcastic that he was not encouraging espionage. ABC's Tom Thomas on the campaign trial. Tonight Donald Trump trying to retreat from his cyber battle cry. Claiming he was just being quote sarcastic. When he encourage the Russians to heck Hillary Clinton emails rush if you're listening. I hope you are able to find the 30000. Emails. That are missing. I think you'll probably be rewarded mightily by our press criticism raining down on trump. For seeming to ask a hostile foreign government to medal in an American election. Across message now like enough today his campaign again and again getting that word sarcasm. Listened to his running mate governor Mike Pence. Once again the National League yep take what was clearly a sarcastic comment made. By Donald tried to take in a sarcastic comment statement laced with sarcasm. But trump sure wasn't backing away from his comments when he made them you. You name. Pain it appears. That's up to the president let the president talked on the Newton model has been no pause in fact he applauded the idea Vladimir Putin's regime hacking his democratic opponent I hope they do. They probably have her 33000. Emails that she lost. And deleted. Because you'd see some beauties there. So let's say tonight from the Clinton Campaign this coding statement. It's not sarcastic it's never a joke he's the Republican nominee and we should hold them accountable. Let's go like Tom got us tonight and Tom back to that call for his supporters not to watch Hillary Clinton's speech. This comes with trump and Clinton in a fierce battle now over who's going to get the biggest bounce coming out of their conventions. And we should know subic day that we do know this which right now so for the Democratic National Convention has outweighed the Republican National Convention. And we know how much Donald Trump loves to talk about his ratings to day he sent a letter. Telling people to boycott Hillary's speech writing a lets you want to be lied to belittled and attacked for your believes. Don't watch Hillary's DNC speech David. Tom Thomas would us again tonight Tom thanks as always.

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