President Donald Trump said Monday that Russia’s interference in the U.S. election is a “political” matter that should be handled in a “civilian way.”
Trump, who has repeatedly accused Russia of being behind the hacks and leaks that broke out during the campaign, made the remarks as he announced the creation of a task force to investigate Russia’s election meddling.
He also expressed hope that the investigation will be “very fair.”
“Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” Trump said.
“I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.
I think it will be very fair.
We’ll find out.”
Trump also said that while he hopes that “there’s no collusion” between the Trump campaign and Russian officials, “we have to be very careful.”
“I think we have to find out, we have no idea who is doing this,” Trump told NBC News.
“We have no clue who is interfering, and there is no collusion.
But we have some very big problems.”
Trump is not the only U.N. leader to weigh in on the matter.
President of the United Nations Antonio Guterres said on Sunday that Russia is “playing a very serious game of chess” with the U.
“There is a great deal of collusion, a lot of collusion between the Kremlin and certain people who are in power in the United States, but that’s not what we’re dealing with,” he told ABC News’ “This Week.”
“We’re dealing in terms of our own integrity,” Guterre added.
“What we have is a very dangerous situation, and we’re not going to allow it to continue.”