Trump has been unfairly maligned for “losing the temper” over the loss of the presidency.
In an interview on Fox News Sunday, the president suggested he is still “in denial” that he lost the election because of the Russian interference.
“You know, we have been told that it was the Russians, but you know what?
That’s all a bunch of nonsense,” Trump said.
“There was no collusion, and I was never in any way, shape or form involved in collusion with the Russians.
I had nothing to do with it.
I’m telling you this, because I’ve never been in any shape or the form of collusion.”
The president was referring to the claim made by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes on Thursday that he had been “in cahoots” with Russian intelligence to “disrupt the election.”
“I don’t believe that at all,” Trump insisted on Sunday.
“I never met the Russians or met anybody associated with them.
I’ve had nothing, you know, to do, and there was nothing, and you know this, if you look at my tax returns, it shows that I’ve always paid a very low tax rate.
I have no business interests in Russia.
If you look back, it was a very strange election.
I don’t know how you would have done it.”
In his Fox News interview, the Republican president also said he was “not going to get involved in a debate over a debate” and was “really disappointed” in former President Obama.
“The election is over,” he said.
He also claimed he “was not in a position to make a decision” about the election outcome, saying he was focused on the “fight” against ISIS.
“It’s going to be a fight, and it’s going for the future, and we’re going to win this fight,” he insisted.