Former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page on Tuesday bizarrely claimed on CNN that the United States was more responsible for undermining the integrity of its own elections than Russia was in 2016.
When asked by CNN's Chris Cuomo if he finally accepted American intelligence agencies' conclusions that Russia interfered on behalf of President Donald Trump to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election, Page dodged the question and said the United States government deserved more blame than Russia did.
"All the evidence I've seen so far, Chris, indicates that there was much more interference by the U.S. government compared to the Russian government," he said.
Page then insisted that there was no real evidence that Russians were responsible for the hack of the Democratic National Committee, and he said that the money spent by the Russian government to push misinformation during the 2016 presidential election was dwarfed by the money the U.S. government allegedly spent trying to push misinformation -- although he offered no examples of the American government deliberately pushing false information during the election.
Cuomo found it puzzling that Page was spending so much time defending the honor of the Russian government even as clear evidence had emerged that it had worked to tip the 2016 election to Trump.
"You know the proof of it is fairly clear," Cuomo said. "Why ignore it in favor of another political theory? Because it makes you look like you're a little sympathetic to the cause."
"I'm sympathetic to facts, Chris," Page insisted.
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