Jerry Falwell Jr. Calls Donald Trump The ‘Dream President’ For Evangelicals

Evangelical leader Jerry Falwell Jr., an early backer of Donald Trump, enthusiastically praised the president’s first 100 days of office.  

“I think evangelicals have found their dream president,” Falwell said on Saturday during “Justice With Judge Jeanine” on Fox News

Falwell cited “reuniting Israel with America” and appointing “people of faith” throughout the administration as the reasons evangelicals in general remain highly supportive of Trump.  

Falwell also trashed moderate Republicans, who he said “make my blood boil.”

“Honestly I have more respect for Democrats than I do moderate Republicans,” Falwell said. “At least Democrats admit what they believe, and they say it up front, and at least you know what you’re dealing with.”

Last year, Falwell faced a mutiny at Liberty University, the school where he serves as president, over his support for Trump.

See the full conversation above.

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U.S. Congressional Talks Yield Deal To Fund Government Through September

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. congressional negotiators have hammered out a bipartisan agreement on a spending package to keep the federal government funded through the end of the current fiscal year on Sept. 30, a senior congressional aide said on Sunday.

The House of Representatives and Senate must approve the deal before the end of Friday and send it to President Donald Trump for his signature to avoid the first government shutdown since 2013.

 The Washington Post reported that Congress was expected to vote early this week on the agreement that is expected to include increases for defense spending and border security.

The Republican-led Congress averted a U.S. government shutdown last Friday by voting for a stop-gap spending bill that gave lawmakers another week to work out federal spending over the final five months of the fiscal year.

Congress was tied up for months trying to work out $1 trillion in spending priorities for the current fiscal year. Lawmakers were supposed to have taken care of the fiscal 2017 appropriations bills by last Oct. 1.

Democrats backed Friday’s stop-gap bill a day after House Republican leaders again put off a vote on major healthcare legislation sought by Trump and opposed by Democrats to dismantle the 2010 Affordable Care Act, dubbed Obamacare, after Republican moderates balked at provisions added to entice hard-line conservatives.

Trump earlier bowed to Democratic demands that the spending legislation for the rest of the fiscal year not include money to start building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border he said is needed to fight illegal immigration and stop drug smugglers.

The Trump administration also agreed to continue funding for a major component of Obamacare despite Republican vows to end the program.

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Reports: Sebastian Gorka To Leave White House Following Outcry Over Extremist Links

Sebastian Gorka, a deputy assistant to President Donald Trump who generated controversy for his alleged ties to a Nazi-aligned group, is expected to accept a new role soon outside of the White House, according to multiple reports.

A senior administration official told the Washington Examiner that Gorka, a national security adviser who was heavily criticized for having links to a far-right Hungarian organization, will accept a new role dealing with the “war of ideas” that focuses on radical Islamic extremism. 

Another official told CNN that it is unclear if Gorka would take another job within the Trump administration, but it seems more likely he will just leave the White House completely. 

Gorka served on the Strategic Initiatives Group, an internal policy organization within the White House, in addition to his duties as a national security aide. However, a source told the Examiner that his position with that organization was only meant to be temporary.

A senior administration official told The Daily Beast that Gorka had been “entirely excluded” from the day-to-day work of the National Security Council.

Gorka was previously the national security editor for Breitbart.

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Nancy Pelosi: ‘I Never Thought I’d Pray’ Bush Was Still President

Nancy Pelosi may have sparred with former President George W. Bush during his eight years in office, but now she’s making it no secret: She wishes he was still here.

The House Minority Leader made that admission on ABC’s “This Week Sunday” after mistakenly referring to President Donald Trump as “President Bush.”

The California Democrat made the slip while discussing Trump’s first 100 days and both parties willingness to work together.

“I never have seen so much willingness to help win. And winning means winning for the American people, that either we win or whoever wins understands the priorities of the American people, and they are not with President Bush,” she said before catching her mistake ― one she also made in February ― and dramatically putting her hand to her heart.

“I’m so sorry, President Bush! I never thought I’d pray for the day that you were president again,” she exclaimed.

When Bush left office in 2009, he had one of the lowest approval ratings in recent history. Now eight years later, his memory appears to have improved with time. Many of Trump’s critics point to the sitting president ― who hit a record-low approval rating last month ― as the reason why.

This change in opinion wasn’t overlooked Saturday night at Samantha Bee’s “Not The White House Correspondents’ Dinner” when former Saturday Night Live star Will Ferrell reprised his impression of the 43rd president to a standing ovation.

”How do you like me now?” he asked before giving a quiet snicker to the roaring crowd.

“History has proven to be kinder to me than many of you thought,” he remarked. “For the longest time, I was considered the worst president of all time. That has changed ― and it only took 100 days.”

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Montana Democratic Candidate Affirms Support For Legalizing Marijuana

Rob Quist, the Montana folk singer turned Democratic congressional candidate winning over voters in traditionally GOP areas, affirmed his support for legalizing recreational marijuana, one of several policy differences that emerged during a debate held Saturday evening.

Quist’s progressive platform, which includes support for a single-payer health care system, has helped to bring national attention to a special election for Montana’s only House seat, recently vacated by President Donald Trump’s interior secretary pick, Ryan Zinke.

“To me, the war on drugs has been an abject failure,” Quist said Saturday, when asked if he supported legalizing both medicinal and recreational marijuana. “I think the majority of Montanans and Americans agree they would like to see the decriminalization go forward and not criminalize people for something that should not be criminal.”

Quist’s GOP opponent Greg Gianforte said he supported some access to medical marijuana but warned against legalization, comparing it to more addictive drugs.

The two candidates clashed over a wide range of issues in their only televised debate before the hotly contested May 25 special election.

Gianforte, a tech millionaire who moved to the state from New Jersey, defended his wealth, amid recent reports of possible financial ties to Russian companies that received sanctions from the U.S.

“This pejorative of a millionaire? Again, I’ve been clear: I’m in favor of prosperity. I’m an electrical engineer. Honestly, I think we have too many lawyers in Washington,” Gianforte said. “Maybe we need some more engineers. They’re trained to solve problems and we can actually do math, which is a desperately needed skill back there.”

When Quist brought up the issue of Gianforte’s investments, Gianforte dismissed any concerns about them.

“We have a broad range of investments. Anyone who invests in emerging markets around the world has investments in Russia,” he said. “This is a tiny portion of our portfolio.”

Quist and Gianforte also staked out clear positions on Trump’s executive order that could roll back national monuments, which conservationists say could endanger public lands, a major issue in Montana. Both candidates have promoted themselves as advocates for preserving public lands.

Quist warned that Trump’s order, which calls for a “review” of at least two dozen monuments, could lead to their privatization.

“People have worked on these monuments and some of these wilderness areas for years at a time, and they’re great economic boons for the areas that have them,” Quist said. “I really have deep concerns about this process, and I think the people of America are going to stand up against it.”

Gianforte defended the order, attempting to thread a thin needle between environmental protection and resource extraction. 

“What we’re asking for is local input from the people,” Gianforte said. “This review process allows local input to occur.”

On abortion and Planned Parenthood, Quist affirmed his pro-choice views and condemned “the assault on women’s reproductive rights.” While Gianforte said he supports defunding the organization, complaining that tax dollars are used to pay for abortion, the organization’s Title X federal funds actually go toward non-abortion women’s health services.

“I don’t believe that organization has been a particularly good steward of resources,” Gianforte said.

Libertarian candidate Mark Wicks compared himself and his opponents to cars, saying that Quist is similar to “a little half-ton pickup” and Gianforte a “luxury car.”

“It’s really smooth and comfortable getting down the road. But at the end of the day, it just wants to be parked with the other luxury cars down at the country club,” Wicks said, before adding that, if elected, he would be “the work truck.”

The Montana House race has attracted national attention, especially among Democrats hoping to make electoral gains amid a groundswell of anti-Trump activism.

Quist got a boost earlier this month, when the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced it would spend money in the race. But he reportedly turned down a visit from Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez, a source told HuffPost on Saturday. Quist has said he would welcome Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who previously announced that he would campaign with Quist as part of his efforts to expand the Democratic Party’s base. 

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Trump Still Thinks Obamacare Repeal Will Cover People ‘Beautifully’

The 101st day of Donald Trump’s presidency sounded an awful lot like the first, with Trump talking utter nonsense about health care.

In a series of tweets and during an interview on CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday, Trump made the same basic promise he’s been making ever since he started running for president ― that his plan for repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act would reduce both premiums and deductibles, while protecting people with pre-existing conditions.

This is not an accurate description of the American Health Care Act, the repeal bill House Republicans have been trying to pass since March.

That bill would definitely help some people ― in particular, younger, healthier and wealthier people who buy insurance on their own today and end up paying high prices because they get little or no financial assistance from the Affordable Care Act.

But the proposal would cause real hardship for many millions of Americans ― whether by raising their premiums or deductibles or both, or depriving them of coverage altogether. And it’d be the poor and the sick struggling the most, even as the wealthiest Americans walked away with a sizable tax break.

Whether Trump understands all of this is an open question. During the “Face the Nation” interview, host John Dickerson kept pressing Trump to explain how the health care law could do all of these things ― and Trump, in response, kept modifying his answers.

But Trump isn’t the only prominent Republican making false promises about what the party’s proposal would do. Vice President Mike Pence and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) have made similar comments in the past few days ― Pence during an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press” and Ryan during his weekly press conference.

The timing is not coincidental. Pence and Ryan are working hard with their allies to round up votes for the AHCA in the House. Right now the challenge is winning over less conservative Republicans who are anxious about what the AHCA would mean for health insurance coverage ― and how that would play in their districts.

The promise to provide health insurance that is simultaneously less expensive and more comprehensive, all without excluding people who have serious medical problems, is designed to reassure these lawmakers.

But the promises belie what the Republican proposal would actually do.

GOP Bill Would Shift Costs Onto The Poor, Sick And Old

Republicans are calling for a series of dramatic changes to the so-called non-group insurance market ― that is, coverage for people buying insurance on their own, rather than through employers.

Specifically, the bill would shift financial assistance away from people with low incomes and high insurance costs, while giving insurers new freedom to vary prices by age, so that carriers could charge older customers more than five times what they charge younger customers. The bill would also allow insurers to offer skimpier coverage than the law permits today.

And thanks to the amendment that Republicans introduced last week, states could opt out of some of the law’s most important regulations ― a ban on charging higher premiums to people with pre-existing conditions, and a requirement that all plans include a set of “essential” benefits including mental health, maternity care and prescription drugs.

“On net, the new bill has to be worse with this than even the original,” Linda Blumberg, senior fellow at the Urban Institute, told HuffPost. “This doesn’t give new protections to [states that want to keep existing consumer protections], it gives new flexibility to the states that want to set the clock back to the pre-ACA days.”

Although the effect of all the changes to the individual market would vary from person to person and place to place, the net effect would be cheaper coverage for the young, healthy and wealthy, but more expensive coverage for the old, sick and poor ― to the point that many could not get decent coverage at all.

Republicans claim that other provisions of their bill, designed to reimburse insurers for expensive beneficiaries or to create separate programs for people with pre-existing conditions, would take care of people with serious medical problems.

“They say we don’t cover pre-existing conditions, we cover it beautifully,” Trump said on “Face the Nation.”

But as multiple analysts have pointed out, these programs have never provided adequate protection in the past, even though Republican leaders like Ryan keep claiming otherwise. 

GOP Bill Would Blow Away Medicaid Coverage For Millions

The changes to the individual market represent just one part of what the American Health Care Act would do. The proposal would also cut Medicaid by a whopping $839 billion over 10 years.  

The amendments that supposedly make the proposal so much more appealing don’t do a thing about this. And it’s this cut that would have the single biggest effect on insurance coverage ― with the number of people getting Medicaid coverage falling by 14 million over 10 years, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

That Medicaid cut alone would probably represent the single biggest rollback of a public benefit in American history ― and cause widespread hardship to the millions of people who depend on it for everything from opioid treatment to cancer care.  

The vast majority of Americans oppose these proposals, polls now show consistently. Those numbers ― and the backlash Republicans have faced in town hall meetings ― undoubtedly explain why the American Health Care Act hasn’t passed the House yet.

But Republican leaders haven’t given up trying ― and, based on their recent comments, they haven’t given up distorting the truth about their plans, either.

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Why Donald Trump’s Second 100 Days Will Be Even Worse For LGBTQ Equality

When I wrote a piece a few days after the election, “The Mike Pence (Donald Trump) Assault On LGBTQ Equality Is Already Underway,” I hoped against all hope that something might change to alter what was already happening during the Trump transition.

But in fact, much of what I reported has materialized in the first 100 days. And there’s reason to believe the second 100 days will be worse.

In the first 100 days, Trump installed viciously anti-gay individuals in his cabinet  and throughout the government departments, all of whom were brought forth from the Mike Pence-run transition team, from Ben Carson and Roger Severino to Tom Price and Jeff Sessions. Trump and Sessions, the attorney general, already rescinded guidance on fighting discrimination against transgender students across the country, and had the Justice Department halt litigation against North Carolina regarding HB2 and the equally discriminatory law that replaced it. The Trump administration decided there was “no need” to move forward with the Census Bureau’s planned data collection on LGBT Americans, thereby keeping LGBTQ people invisible. 

Though Trump made a spectacle of not-rescinding President Obama’s executive order banning anti-LGBT discrimination among federal contractors, his administration later quietly issued an order ending data collection among contractors about such discrimination – thus basically allowing for it. Similarly, the administration stopped collecting data on discrimination against elderly LGBTQ people. Trump removed Eric Fanning as Army Secretary, appointed by President Obama and the first openly gay Army secretary in history, and has now nominated an anti-LGBTQ Tennessee legislator, Mark Green, to the job ― a man who sponsored a bill allowing discrimination against LGBTQ people and who has called transgender people “evil.”

And perhaps most consequentially, Trump placed on the Supreme Court Neil Gorsuch, a constitutional originalist in the mold of the late Antonin Scalia ― by his own description ― and someone whose idea of “religious liberty” is a direct threat to LGBTQ rights. 

But here’s why the next 100 days ― and after that ― could be far worse: Trump is continuing to plummet in approval ratings and he needs his base to back him ― and the GOP ― more than ever if he has any hopes of re-election and of keeping Congress in the hands of the GOP in 2018 and beyond. He just barely made it in 2016, and any softening of any part of his base will spell doom. The anti-LGBTQ religious right turned out for Trump in numbers as great or bigger than every previous recent Republican presidential. 

Christian right activists are already demanding much more. They were hoping a religious liberty executive order ― which would allow for widespread discrimination against LGBT people ― would have been issued already, and were disappointed when the Trump administration early on said a leaked draft of it wasn’t coming soon.

But Trump transition official Ken Blackwell, a senior fellow at the anti-LGBTQ Family Research Council, told me in February it was indeed coming, and was being fine-tuned to withstand a legal challenge. Last week USA Today reported that a group of 51 GOP legislators in the House sent a letter to the White House asking for the order to be signed:

 “[We] request that you sign the draft executive order on religious liberty, as reported by numerous outlets on February 2, 2017, in order to protect millions of Americans whose religious freedom has been attacked or threatened over the last eight years.” 

These are anti-LGBTQ legislators who backed Trump and who represent the armies of the Christian right. They’re pressuring him to move ahead with the anti-LGBTQ agenda he promised. Though the media downplayed it, Trump courted these people at events and through their media during the campaign, promising everything from “protecting” religious liberty to getting the Obergefell marriage equality ruling overturned. 

Again, if Trump has illusions of winning re-election, and helping the GOP in Congress, he knows he must deliver to his base, and won’t be able to lose any of it. If you thought the GOP was done with the issue of marriage equality, for example, you need only to look at House member, Randy Weber of Texas, who last week wept as he asked God to forgive the U.S. for making marriage legal for gays and lesbians ― at an event attended by the GOP leadership, which didn’t challenge him.. 

The Christian right isn’t satisfied with what they see as the crumbs Trump has given them in the first 100 days. They’re demanding much, much more, and Trump ― like Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush, both of whom courted the Christian right and knew they needed evangelical voters for re-election ― will feel compelled to deliver. That’s why the next 100 days and beyond are even more treacherous, and why we’ll have pay greaattention and fight back hard. 

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Mike Pence Claims Trump Didn’t Change His Stance On NATO — Rather, NATO Changed

President Donald Trump’s recent reversal on his prior criticisms of NATO was not a reversal, Vice President Mike Pence argued on Sunday, falsely claiming that Trump successfully forced the alliance to change.

“He didn’t change on NATO,” Pence said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “NATO changed.”

During his campaign, Trump called the alliance “obsolete,” but as president, he changed his tune. Yet Pence insisted it was Trump who convinced NATO to shift its priorities.

“I mean on the international scene, here’s a president who’s said that NATO had to change, that our NATO allies had to begin to step up to begin to share the burden of the cost of our common defense. And they are,” Pence said. “They’re also changing the mission of NATO to focus more on terrorism.”

Pence’s claim resembled a similar suggestion by White House press secretary Sean Spicer, who attributed Trump’s reversal to the world shifting toward Trump’s position, rather than the other way around.

“If you look at what’s happened, it’s those entities or individuals in some cases ― or issues ― evolving toward the president’s position,” Spicer said earlier this month. “NATO is moving toward what he has been calling for.”

When host Chuck Todd mentioned to Pence that NATO and its priorities have been evolving for years, under multiple U.S. presidents, not simply as a result of Trump, Pence blamed “the gale-force wind of the establishment here in Washington, D.C.” and the media for not focusing on “the president’s relentless effort to keep his promises to the American people.”

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Trump Will Meet President Duterte, Despite Philippines’ Ongoing Extrajudicial Killings

A president nicknamed “the Punisher” who is responsible for a brutal “war on drugs” that so far has killed over 7,000 people has been cordially invited to the White House.

President Donald Trump on Saturday told Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte to visit Washington, during a call that the White House described as “a very friendly conversation.”  

The invitation further signals Trump’s willingness to praise and publicly associate with illiberal world leaders. Along with Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Duterte is the latest leader accused of widespread human rights abuses and authoritarian tendencies who Trump has embraced in recent weeks. 

Duterte drew worldwide attention during last year’s Philippine election for his vows to violently crack down on crime and repeated inflammatory remarks, which included saying he wanted to participate in a gang rape and calling Pope Francis a “son of a whore.”

Western media often referred to Duterte as the Donald Trump of the Philippines because of his populist rhetoric and outsider persona. Duterte last year dismissed the comparison, saying that Trump is a bigot while he is not. Although Duterte’s rise is unique and different from Trump’s in numerous ways, both did come to power in 2016 appealing to voters who were opposed to establishment politics.

But while Trump’s administration has struggled to implement the major policy changes he vowed as a candidate, Duterte has fulfilled many of the grim promises of his campaign. In less that a year, at least 7,000 people have died in Duterte’s “drug war.” Many of the killings are carried out extrajudicially by vigilantes who Duterte has encouraged to kill drug dealers and users.

Human rights groups have released a string of damning reports documenting the violence and accusing Philippine police of carrying out extrajudicial killings with impunity ― often falsely claiming self defense or planting evidence. Philippine press photographers have spent long nights covering the killings, showing bodies strewn across the streets of Manila as distraught relatives mourn the dead. Stray bullets have killed children as young as four-years-old.

The killings slowed somewhat following the murder of a South Korean businessman earlier this year, but the death toll continues to rise.

Duterte has viciously defended his “drug war” as a success, and accused the most prominent opponent of the killings ― Philippine Senator Leila de Lima ― of being involved in the drug trade herself. Duterte has also taken aim at rights groups, and vowed to continue his bloody anti-drug campaign until 2022.

“My order is shoot to kill you. I don’t care about human rights, you better believe me,” Duterte said last August. 

The United States is a key political and military ally for the Philippines, but that allegiance has been fraught since Duterte’s election. He has made overtures toward increasing ties with Russia and China, vowed to kick out American military stationed in the Philippines and holds a longstanding personal grudge against the United States.

The White House canceled a meeting between former President Barack Obama and Duterte last fall, after the Philippine leader called Obama a “son of a whore” and told the U.S. president to go to hell. In October, he said on a visit to Beijing “I announce my separation from the United States.”

Despite Duterte’s anti-U.S. statements, analysts say most of his tangible policy changes geared towards Washington have been minor. Since Duterte’s election, officials in U.S. and the Philippines have continued to speak of the important relationship the two countries possess. The two share concern over the South China Sea dispute and North Korea’s growing nuclear program, the latter of which was discussed in Saturday’s phone call between Trump and Duterte.

The White House press release covering the call stated that the two leaders “discussed the fact that the Philippine government is fighting very hard to rid its country of drugs, a scourge that affects many countries throughout the world.” The statement noted that Trump “enjoyed the conversation,” which included talk of regional security and Trump’s upcoming visit to the Philippines in November.

Duterte’s visit to the White House may result in friendlier ties between the Philippine leader and Washington, especially if Trump is willing to ignore the thousands of dead. 

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Trump: Election Hacking ‘Had Nothing To Do With Us’

Hacking of the Democratic National Committee’s computers and Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s email during the 2016 presidential campaign “had nothing to do with us,” President Donald Trump told John Dickerson on CBS’s “Face the Nation” Sunday.

“Had nothing to do with this, and everyone knows it,” the president added.

But that’s not what intelligence information has shown. The U.S. intelligence community has argued, both publicly and via anonymous leaks in the press, that Russia interfered in the election in an effort to help Trump win. But Trump refuses to accept that, too. “I’ll go along with Russia,” Trump told Dickerson immediately before speculating that the hacking also “could’ve been China, could’ve been a lot of different groups.” 

Democrats have gone further than the intelligence community, occasionally suggesting that the Trump campaign colluded with Russian attempts to boost Trump’s chances. Although reporting that some Trump associates had contacts with Russian intelligence officials is widespread, there’s no evidence that the Trump campaign secretly coordinated hacking or the release of hacked materials with the Russian government or its surrogates.

Trump isn’t always easy to understand, but that seems to be what he was trying to say Sunday: We didn’t coordinate with the Russians, and I’m not even sure the Russians were involved in the hacking.

Here’s the thing: Democrats don’t need to prove some secret collusion between Russia and the the Trump campaign to show that Russia wanted Trump to win, and Trump wanted Russia’s help.

Most public evidence suggests the election hacking did have to do with Trump. Russian support for Trump’s campaign was abundantly clear from the country’s public actions ― especially the work of state-backed media outlets and internet trolls. And Trump himself publicly called for Russia to hack his opponent’s emails. This is a lesson that super PACs, which sometimes release their plans publicly so as to avoid laws forbidding coordination with political candidates, learned a long time ago: You don’t have to coordinate in secret if you can coordinate publicly.

None of this is to say whether Trump associates’ ties to Russia were or weren’t above-board ― we just don’t know yet. No one has been charged with a crime ― not even Michael Flynn, Trump’s ex-national security adviser who omitted payments from three “Russia-linked entities” on his security clearance application, according to a Fox News report earlier this month. And Russian support for Trump likely had a lot to do with Russian opposition to Clinton ― and with policy positions Trump took before being elected but has since repudiated, such as skepticism for the NATO military alliance and skepticism for U.S. military strikes on the government of Syrian dictator (and Russian ally) Bashar Assad. 

The fact that the Russian government seemed to want Trump to win, and that it probably helped him do so, doesn’t disqualify him from the presidency or make him guilty of a crime. But it does suggest that he wasn’t and isn’t as popular at home as he likes to believe. That seems to be the suggestion that Trump can’t stand: That he didn’t win all by himself.

See a video of part of the Russia section of the interview below:

And here’s a transcript of the relevant section of the interview:

JOHN DICKERSON: You don’t think it’s phony that they, the Russians, tried to meddle in the election? You believe that? 

DONALD TRUMP: That, I don’t know. I don’t know.

DICKERSON: That you don’t know or you do know?

TRUMP: Well, I have a problem. You have Podesta, who, by the way, I understand has a company with his brother in Russia. Hillary’s husband makes speeches in Russia. Hillary did a uranium deal with Russia. Nobody ever talks about that. But I don’t know― 

DICKERSON: You don’t― 

TRUMP: ―because the F.B.I. was not allowed by Podesta to go in and check all of the records on their servers and everything else that you would normally have to check. That’s number one.
Number two, knowing something about hacking, if you don’t catch a hacker, okay, in the act, it’s very hard to say who did the hacking. With that being said, I’ll go along with Russia. Could’ve been China, could’ve been a lot of different groups. 

DICKERSON: So President Donald Trump is ambivalent―

TRUMP: But it could’ve―

DICKERSON: ―about or not ambivalent, you’re not just not sure

TRUMP: No. We have to find out what happened. I’d love to find out what happened.

DICKERSON: But you don’t think it’s the Russians―

TRUMP: I can tell you one thing. Had nothing to do with us. Had nothing to do with this, and everyone knows it.

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