Trump on 2016: Clinton ‘Didn’t Know What the Hell She Was Doing’

'I was a great candidate. She was a bad candidate'

• November 9, 2018 11:25 am


President Donald Trump said on Friday that his former opponent Hillary Clinton didn't know "what the Hell she was doing" during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Trump took questions from reports before departing on Marine One, including inquires about special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

He called the Russia investigation a hoax, and he defend his election victory by saying he was a better candidate than Clinton.

"The Russian investigation is a hoax. It's a phony hoax. I didn't speak to Russians. The fact is, I was a much better candidate than Hillary Clinton. I worked much harder. I went to the right places. She went to the wrong places because she didn't know what the Hell she was doing," Trump said. "I did a great job. I was a great candidate. She was a bad candidate. I went to Wisconsin. I went more to Michigan. I went to Pennsylvania. She didn't do a good job. This has nothing to do with Russians.

Trump also directly responded to a question about whether he would sit down for an interview with Mueller.

"I haven't ruled out anything. I haven't even thought about it. I'm thinking about the world. Right now I'm thinking about the world. I'm not thinking about sit downs or not sit downs," Trump said. "There was no collusion. It's a whole hoax. This was a thing set up by the Democrats just like they set up other things – when you look at what's going on in Florida, when you look at what's going on in lots of different locations."

For months, Trump's legal team has been negotiating with Mueller and his team on whether the president will sit down for an interview with Mueller. In the past, Trump has said he would be willing to do so under the right circumstances, but has also expressed concern the meeting could be a perjury trap.