Trump on Saturday claimed he was “in an arena” at the time, telling a joke, being “sarcastic” and “having fun with the audience” when he called on Moscow to hack his campaign rival in the now-infamous moment.
But as MSNBC’s Katy Tur pointed out on Monday, none of that is true.
Trump didn’t make the comments at a rally, and he wasn’t “having fun with the audience.”
He made the comments at a news conference. And when given an opportunity at the time by Tur to back away from calling on a foreign power to help his campaign against Clinton, Trump didn’t indicate he was joking at all.
He doubled down:
TUR: “You said I welcome them to find those 30,000 emails.”
TRUMP: “Well, they probably have them. I’d like to have them released.”
TUR: “Does that not give you pause?”
TRUMP: “Nope. It gives me no pause.”
See her full analysis and the video footage, along with a discussion with Michael McFaul, former U.S. ambassador to Russia, in the clip above.