President Donald Trump on Wednesday stated that Russia would rather have Hillary Clinton as president of the United States.
“I will tell you this about Russia, if they had anything on me, it would have come out a long time ago, probably a long time before I ran because they would have been much better off,” Trump told Fox News’s Sean Hannity.
“I hope we really get along well with them but they would have been a lot better off with Hillary Clinton as president,” he continued.
According to The Hill, Trump said it would have been reasonable for Russia to back his former presidential opponent, claiming that she would have boosted Russia’s place in global oil markets by hindering American oil and gas drilling.
“In terms of energy, in terms of oil and gas. Look at what we’re going with the energy, it’s incredible in our country. That’s tremendous competition for Russia. Hillary wouldn’t let you drill: there’d be no oil, there’d be no gas, there’d be no anything to compete,” he said.
“… Russia much rather have Hillary than Donald Trump. I can tell you that right now,” he added.
Trump going on Hannity’s show is the first interview since special counsel Robert Mueller submitted his report.
In a four-page summary, Attorney General William Barr said that although Mueller’s investigation reportedly did not find sufficient evidence to conclude that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 election, the report did not exonerate Trump.
Trump on Wednesday sought to dismiss the report’s conclusions, doubling down on his claims that there was nothing to find.