On Friday, former President Jimmy Carter suggested that President Trump is an illegitimate president and only won the 2016 election because of Russia’s election meddling interference.
“I think the interference, although not yet quantified, if fully investigated, would show that Trump didn’t actually win the election in 2016,” Carter said. “He lost the election, and he was put into office because the Russians interfered on his behalf.”
The comments comments were made during a discussion on human rights at a conference in Leesburg, Virginia, sponsored by the Carter Center.
According to NBC News, Carter told the moderator, historian Jon Meacham, that Trump should “condemn” the Kremlin’s interference in the election since the American intelligence community concluded Russia had meddled in the election.
“Do you believe President Trump is an illegitimate president?” Meacham asked.
“Based on what I just said, which I can’t retract, I would say yes,” Carter responded, drawing laughter from the audience.
“There were multiple, systematic efforts to interfere in our election. That allegation deserves the attention of every American,” Mueller said.
While in Japan for the G-20 summit, a reporter asked Trump on Friday if he would tell Russia not to meddle in U.S. elections.
“The answer to the question is, of course I will,” Trump said, standing alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin. “Don’t meddle in the election,” Trump said to Putin.