/Donald Trump fires back at Jimmy Carter over illegitimate president suggestion

Donald Trump fires back at Jimmy Carter over illegitimate president suggestion

President Donald Trump on Saturday hit back at former President Jimmy Carter, after Carter suggested Trump was an illegitimate president because of Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Carter on Friday told a panel event hosted by The Carter Center that Trump “lost the election and was put into office because the Russians interfered on his behalf.”

Trump responded at a press conference at the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan.

“Jimmy Carter, look, he’s a nice man, he was a terrible president,” said Trump.

“He’s a Democrat and it’s a typical talking point,” Trump added. “He’s loyal to the Democrats and I guess you should be, but as everybody now understands, I won not because of Russia, not because of anybody but myself.” 

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“I went out, I campaigned better, smarter, harder than Hillary Clinton,” added Trump, who said he was “surprised” that Carter would make such a statement.

Former special counsel Robert Mueller found in his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible Trump campaign collusion that the Kremlin had systematically attempted to boost Trump’s candidacy.

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President Donald Trump arrives to greet Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan, Friday, June 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shakes hands with U.S. President Donald Trump during the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan June 28, 2019. Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during family photo session with other leaders and attendees at the G20 leaders summit in Osaka, Japan, June 28, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.S. President Donald Trump look on during a bilateral meeting with Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro at the G20 leaders summit in Osaka, Japan, June 28, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. President Donald Trump looks on during a bilateral meeting with Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro at the G20 leaders summit in Osaka, Japan, June 28, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump attend a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan June 28, 2019. Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan June 28, 2019. Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.

U.S. President Donald Trump, left, speaks to Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May prior to a working lunch at the Group of 20 (G-20) summit in Osaka, Japan, on Friday, June 28, 2019. Kiyoshi Ota/Pool via REUTERS

Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan and U.S. President Donald Trump walk off with fellow leaders after a family photo session at the G20 leaders summit in Osaka, Japan, June 28, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

US President Donald Trump (L) is welcomed by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe prior to the family photo at the G20 Osaka Summit in Osaka on June 28, 2019. (Photo by Ludovic MARIN / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read LUDOVIC MARIN/AFP/Getty Images)

French President Emmanuel Macron watches as President Donald Trump shakes hands with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe bbefore a working session at the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan, Friday, June 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

President Donald Trump, right, listens to a reporter’s question during a bilateral meeting with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan, Friday, June 28, 2019. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, left, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, second from left, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, third from left, listen. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

President Donald Trump, left, sitting next to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right, speaks during the G-20 summit event on the Digital Economy in Osaka, Japan, Friday, June 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

President Donald Trump, left, shakes hands with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, as they gather for a group photo at the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan, Friday, June 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

President Donald Trump talks with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during a group photo at the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan, Friday, June 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

President Donald Trump, right, meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan, Friday, June 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

President Donald Trump speaks to European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker during a session at the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan, Friday, June 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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Carter on Friday also called the Trump administration’s immigration policies “a disgrace to the United States.” “Every day we send a disgraceful signal around the world, that this is what the president of the United States government stands for,” he said. “And that is torture and kidnapping of little children, separation from their parents and deprivation of those who are incarcerated.”

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  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.