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Trump Responds to Criticism Over Asking Russia to Hack Hillary, 'I Was Being Sarcastic'

Trump, in a Fox News interview, clarified that he doesn't think Putin is a good guy, just that he is better than Obama.

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Kilmeade hits the campaign trail with Donald TrumpCredit: Fox News

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is dismissing heavy Democratic criticism as "mostly false stuff."

Trump tells Fox News Channel in an interview broadcast Thursday that "I guess I take it a little bit personally, but you can't let it get you down."

The billionaire real estate mogul was interviewed following a campaign appearance Wednesday evening in Scranton, Pennsylvania. At an earlier campaign appearance, he encouraged Russia to find and make public missing emails deleted by his presidential opponent, Hillary Clinton. This led to a fiery debate over hacking and his urging of a foreign government to meddle in American politics.

In the Fox interview he seemed to back away somewhat on saying he thought Russia was behind the hack of the Democratic National Committee emails, saying "who knows who it is." He called Russian President Vladimir Putin "a better leader" than President Barack Obama because "Obama is not a good leader. He's doing a better job than Obama."

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