President Trump reignited his feud with Hillary Clinton, taking aim at his 2016 rival for her recent suggestions that presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard was being groomed by the Kremlin and is a potential Russian agent.
In an exclusive interview Monday on “Hannity,” Trump blasted the former secretary of state as part of a broader discussion with Sean Hannity about the Russia investigation, something he dismissed as a “phony scam.”
“Then you have Hillary Clinton saying two days ago, ‘Tulsi Gabbard is a Russian asset,’ and that Jill Stein was a Russian agent,” Trump told Hannity.
“I said, wait a minute, it took me two-and-a-half years, I wish she would have said that earlier because people… have realized she is crazy. She’s crazy.”
Trump’s assessment came amid the ongoing feud between Clinton and Gabbard, which was sparked by comments the former first lady made last week.
Appearing on former Obama aide David Plouffe’s “Campaign HQ” podcast, Clinton did not mention Gabbard specifically by name, though Plouffe ended the podcast by noting Clinton’s “belief that Tulsi Gabbard is going to be a third-party candidate propped up by Trump and the Russians.”
“I’m not making any predictions but I think they’ve got their eye on somebody who is currently in the Democratic primary and are grooming her to be the third-party candidate,” Clinton said, in an apparent reference to Gabbard. “She’s the favorite of the Russians. They have a bunch of sites and bots and other ways of supporting her so far.”
She then accused Stein, who ran against her and Donald Trump in 2016, of also being an asset of Russia: “That’s assuming Jill Stein will give it up, which she might not because she’s also a Russian asset.”
Other Democrats have made similar claims about Gabbard, a Hawaii congresswoman and Hawaii Army National Guard major who served in Iraq.Gabbard — as well as other prominent Democrats — have slammed Clinton for the comments.
“Tulsi is not being groomed by anyone. She is her own person,” former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke said over the weekend.
Trump said he doesn’t know Gabbard or Stein personally, but dismissed the allegations against both women.
“I don’t know Jill Stein. I know her as an environmentalist and probably a good woman. The last thing she is is a Russian asset. I don’t know Tulsi Gabbard, but I know one thing: she’s not an asset of Russia. These people are sick. There’s something wrong with them,” Trump told Hannity.
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