Donald Trump has been accused of having “no respect” for democracy, in an interview with a Russian state broadcaster that was published on Tuesday.
He continued: “I think that if you look at the history of democracy in the United States and the world, you will see that democracy is being overthrown every single day, every single year. “
It is under assault from the inside, it is being attacked from the top, from both sides.”
He added: “If I had the power to change that system, I would.””
And this is a big problem, because you have an entire system of politics and you have a whole political system, and the people who run it are so corrupt, so corrupt.”
He added: “If I had the power to change that system, I would.”
The US president also said that he was “absolutely convinced” that Russia’s interference in the 2016 election was an act of “political warfare” by the US, which had been “hijacked” by Russia.
“I don’t want to believe that it is possible that a nation of people that have the capacity to do that could do that,” Trump said.
“I don’st want to think it is a possibility.”
He also said he did not believe Russia was behind a “massive hacking campaign” that was used to influence the election, adding: “It was not Russia.
It was a lot of different people.”
The White House has dismissed the claims as a conspiracy theory.
“There is no evidence that the Russians have been interfering in the election,” press secretary Sarah Sanders said.
“This has been a long-running, coordinated and successful effort by Russian President Vladimir Putin to influence our elections and we expect that he will continue to do so,” she added.
But US intelligence agencies have been sceptical about the claim that the Kremlin had any involvement.
A report in the US Congress this year concluded that the Russian government “did not use sophisticated sophisticated hacking tools to influence elections in 2016 and did not gain access to emails from US officials”.
“The conclusion of the Intelligence Community Assessment, released on January 26, 2017, does not support the notion that Russia engaged in sophisticated, coordinated efforts to undermine our elections,” the report stated.
“Russian government agencies did not release emails from American officials that were leaked to WikiLeaks.”
It concluded that while Russia’s government “intentionally sought to interfere in the outcome of the US election by discrediting Secretary Clinton, it did not do so with the goal of harming her electability or standing in the race.”