Donald Trump gave an interview Thursday that aired on a television station funded by the Kremlin, arguing that the Russian government was "probably" not meddling in the American presidential race.
Speaking to Larry King on RT America, which is an arm of government-funded news outlet Russia Today, Trump said it would "not be appropriate" if Russian forces were looking to influence the race, which is suspected by some investigators and has been fanned by Hillary Clinton's campaign as recently as Thursday morning.
He also suggested that the allegation was politically motivated.
"I think it's probably unlikely. Maybe the Democrats are putting that out -- who knows," Trump told King. "If they are doing something, I hope that somebody's going to be able to find out so they can end it. Because that would not be appropriate at all."
Trump surrogates are now suggesting that Trump was tricked by that sneaky old Larry King.
Trump campaign spokeswoman says that they thought Larry King interview was going to be on King's podcast -- not RT.— Kevin Cirilli (@kevcirilli) September 9, 2016
Okay I think we have fully established that Donald Trump is Vladimir Putin's bitch.Trump campaign spokeswoman tells me that Trump "recorded a short interview with Larry King for his podcast as a favor to Mr. King."— Kevin Cirilli (@kevcirilli) September 9, 2016
The only thing that could further prove that would be a sex tape of Donald Trump getting plowed by Putin while biting down on a hammer and sickle clenched in his teeth.
Update: Here is Hillary Clinton responding to this news.
She just looks so incredulous that this is who she is running against.WATCH: Clinton ends news conference, before returning to answer @kwelkernbc's question about Trump and Pres. Putin. https://t.co/vDIRUbUlZw— NBC Nightly News (@NBCNightlyNews) September 9, 2016