UPDATED 7:05 AM PT — Thursday, March 28, 2019
President Trump said the Russians would much rather have Hillary Clinton sitting in the Oval Office than him. In his first interview since the release of the Mueller report’s findings, the president explained that if the Russians ever had anything on him — “it would have come out long ago.”
President Trump also reiterated his tough stance on Moscow, pointing to the U.S. knocking the country from its place as a global leader in oil production. He said under a Hillary Clinton presidency there would be no competition with Russia, because the U.S. would not be allowed to drill for oil.
The president has touted his track record with Russia long before the collusion narrative unraveled.
“We’ve become a nation that is exporting energy for the first time, we’re exporting energy,” he stated. “They’re probably saying in Russia, you know, if we did like this guy, we’ve made a big mistake, we’d rather have crooked Hillary Clinton…I think they would much rather have Hillary, but getting along with other countries — and you’re talking nuclear powers, in all fairness — getting along is a nice thing, its a smart thing.”
President Trump also said he has plans to release and declassify the FISA warrants used to spy on his campaign in 2016. However, he said his lawyers have cautioned him against releasing the material too early.