Trump claims no affinity for Russia
ST. LOUIS — Donald Trump on Sunday downplayed his ties to Russia, despite his record of lavishing praise on Russian President Vladimir Putin.
"I don't know Putin, I think it would be great if we got along with Russia, because we could fight ISIS together, but I don't know Putin," said Trump at the second presidential debate, even though he has previously bragged about appearing on '60 Minutes' with the Russian leader, and suggested that Putin is a stronger leader than President Barack Obama.
Hillary Clinton said that Russia was interfering in the presidential election by covertly hacking American political institutions, and suggested those actions were designed to boost Trump.
"We have never in the history of our country been in a situation where an adversary of foreign power is working so hard to influence the outcome of the elections, and they are not doing it to get me elected," she said. "They are doing it to influence the election for Donald Trump. Maybe because he praised Putin and said he agrees with what Putin wants to do or does business in Moscow. We deserve answers and should demand that Donald release his tax return so people can see, what are the entanglements."
"The reason they blame Russia is they are trying to tarnish me with Russia," protested Trump, who has refused to release his tax returns, saying he is under audit. "I know nothing about Russia. I know about Russia, but not about the inner workings. I have no business there and no loans from Russia. I have a great balance sheet."