Vladimir Putin Trashes Democrats During Press Conference: ‘Learn How To Lose Gracefully'
Vladimir Putin is brushing off accusations that the Russians hacked the Democratic party and interfered with the presidential election in the United States.
During his annual end-of-year press conference — which reportedly went on for four hours — the Russian president said Democrats are trying to blame their loss on “external factors,” like Russia, when they need to accept their failure.
“The Democratic Party lost not only the presidential elections, but elections in the Senate and Congress,” Putin said Friday. “Is that also my work?”
Putin quoted a recent poll that claims one-third of Republicans view him favorably. He said he thinks it’s a good basis for improving Russian-American relations.
“It means that a significant part of the American people have the same perception about how the world should be developing,” he said.
“It is good that people support us in this, in terms of traditional values.”
He added that no one but the Russians expected Donald Trump to win.
At a party meant to thank her millionaire donors a week ago, Hillary Clinton said she believes that Putin was involved in the hack of the Democratic National Committee because of a longtime grudge he has held against her.