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Trump Dismisses Outrage Over Russian Hacker Invite as 'Sarcastic

"And they don’t even know frankly, if it's Russia."

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses an audience at the 117th National Convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States at the Charlotte Convention Center on July 26, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Sara D. Davis/Getty Images)

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said he was being “sarcastic” when he said he hopes Russia will be able to find Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s missing emails from her private server during an interview Thursday on Fox News' “Fox & Friends.”

"Of course I was being sarcastic," Trump said. "And they don’t even know frankly, if it's Russia, if it's China, if it's someone else. Who knows who it is."

"You have 33,000 emails deleted, and the real problem is what was said on the emails from the Democratic National Convention," he added, calling the emails released by WikiLeaks “disgraceful.”

During a press conference Wednesday, Trump said, “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing.”

“I think you will probably be rewarded mightily be our press,” he said.

Trump was widely criticized for appearing to invite a foreign entity to conduct espionage on his rival and influence an American election.

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