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Trump Says Asking Russia to Find Clinton’s Email Was Just Good Fun

At CPAC, the annual gathering of conservatives in the first weekend of March, President Trump said about his request for Russia to find Hillary Clinton's 30,000 missing emails that the media can't take a joke:

If you tell a joke, if you're sarcastic, if you're having fun with the audience, if you're on live television with millions of people and 25,000 people in an arena and if you say something like 'Russia, please, if you can, get us Hillary Clinton's e-mail. Please, Russia, please. Please get us the e-mail! Please!'.
So everybody's laughing, we're all having good time, I'm laughing, we're all having fun and then that fake CNN and others say [Trump shifts to an announcer's deep voice] 'He asked Russia to go get the e-mails. Horrible!'"

There was no arena, there weren't 25,000, no one was laughing, no one was having a good time. It was July 27, 2016. Trump was in Florida standing at an indoor podium taking questions from the media:


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MSNBC television reporter Katy Tur asked,

"Do you have any qualms about asking a foreign government, Russia, China, anybody -- to interfere, to hack into a system of anybody's in this country, let alone your rival?"

Trump's response seem to be referring to President Obama but was obscured as Ms Tur continued:

"No, no. You just called for it a moment ago, Mr. Trump. You said, 'The Russians, I welcome you to find the..'"

Trump answered:

"Here's the problem, very simple. They probably have them. I'd like to see them."

Tur asked, "Does that not give you pause?" to which Trump answered:

"Nope, gives me no pause. If they have them. I mean to be honest with you, I'd love to see 'em".

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