NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump says he was just being "sarcastic" when he said he wanted Russia to find the thousands of emails Hillary Clinton deleted from the account she used as secretary of state.
He offers that explanation to Fox News, saying, "Of course I'm being sarcastic."
Trump sparked the controversy yesterday when he said, "Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing." And shortly after his remarks yesterday, he tweeted that Russia should share the emails with the FBI.
Democrats are accusing Trump of encouraging another country to carry out cyber-espionage against the United States. The Clinton campaign called Trump's statement the "first time that a major presidential candidate has actively encouraged a foreign power to conduct espionage against a political opponent."