On the eve of a key summit between President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart, U.S. national security adviser John Bolton said today the hacking of Democratic emails during 2016 campaign was a serious matter and he found it "hard to believe" that Russian President Vladimir Putin was unaware it.
"I'll give them the benefit of the doubt and assume none of them are lawyers because the United States does not have an extradition treaty with Russian Federation, so it's pretty hard to imagine how that would happen", he said.
"I think the DNC should have been ashamed of themselves for allowing themselves to be hacked", he told Glor.
The summit with Putin is set to happen on Monday in Helsinki, Finland.
Donald Trump's latest head-scratching statement comes from his interview with CBS News where he first described the European Union when asked to name the "biggest foe globally right now" for the United States.
Earlier on Friday, President Trump said that he will "absolutely" ask his Russian counterpart about Moscow's alleged involvement in the United States presidential election.
Morgan asked Trump about "ruthless" North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who the president had lavishly praised after the pair held a last month.
Of the Putin summit in particular, the President said, "Nothing bad's going to come out of it, and maybe some good will come out. They want to do well and we want to do well".
Trump has said he will raise the issue of Russian election meddling, along with Syria, Ukraine, nuclear proliferation and other topics.
Their comments come contrary to President Trump sided with Vladimir Putin in the Russian president's assertion that his country was not involved.
The leaders are holding a summit Monday in Helsinki. Now, you wouldn't think of the European Union but they're a foe.
Well, President Trump has spoken about these indictments in a very partisan way while members of his administration including the Secretary of Homeland Security have been saying that it was really about an attack on America.
On Friday, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced the indictments, marking a significant milestone in the ongoing probe by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into Russia's alleged efforts to interfere in the general election.
Trump raised the meddling issue during his first meeting with Putin on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg past year.