Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump called on Russia to obtain thousands of personal emails belonging to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on July 27 during a press conference in Doral, Florida (video below).
The New York Times notes that Trump was alluding to the emails that were on Clinton's personal server, which would amount to illegal hacking.
"Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you're able to find the 33,000 emails that are missing," Trump said. "I think you’ll probably be rewarded mightily by our press."
Trump was asked later in the press conference if he was calling on Russia to hack Clinton's emails, and he said, "That’s up to the president."
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Trump also told a female reporter to "be quiet," and added: "Let the president talk to them."
Trump's vice presidential running mate, Republican Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana, said that Russian hacking shouldn't be tolerated.
Jake Sullivan, Clinton’s chief foreign policy adviser, added: "This has to be the first time that a major presidential candidate has actively encouraged a foreign power to conduct espionage against his political opponent. This has gone from being a matter of curiosity, and a matter of politics, to being a national security issue."
During the same press conference, Trump also insisted that he had never met Russian President Vladimir Putin, notes Raw Story, even though he bragged during a GOP debate in November 2015 that he had met Putin.
"I never met Putin." Trump insisted at his news conference. "I don't know who Putin is. He said one nice thing about me. He said I'm a genius. I said, 'Thank you very much,' to the newspaper and that was the end of it. I never met Putin."
In another part of the press conference, Trump stated, "I have nothing to do with Putin, I've never spoken to him. I don't know anything about him other than he will respect me."
After denying he had ever met the Russian leader, Trump disclosed some alleged comments by Putin that have never before been made public:
Putin has said things over the last year that are really bad things. He mentioned the N-word one time. I was shocked to hear him mention the N-word. You know what the N-word is, right? He mentioned it. I was shocked. He has a total lack of respect for President Obama. Number one, he doesn’t like him. And number two, he doesn’t respect him. I think he’s gonna respect your president if I’m elected, and I hope he likes me.
Trump asserted at the GOP November 2015 debate that he had met Putin during a September episode of "60 Minutes."
"I got to know him very well because we were both on '60 Minutes.' We were stablemates, and we did very well that night."
TIME noted that "60 Minutes" co-host Scott Pelley interviewed Trump in New York City, while co-host Charlie Rose chatted with Putin in Moscow.