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Podesta doubles down on Trump criticism with WaPost op-ed – The Hill (blog)

Former Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonUS and Russian diplomats share conflicting accounts of Trump-Putin meeting Podesta doubles down on Trump criticism with WaPost op-ed Tillerson: Trump pressed Putin on election interference MORE campaign chairman John Podesta is continuing to slam President Trump for tweeting about him Friday during the Group of 20 summit in Germany, saying the president should stop talking about him and do his job.

The Democratic operative wrote an op-ed published in The Washington Post on Friday afternoon where he bristled at Trump’s tweet from earlier in the day that claimed Podesta was a major topic of conversation during the summit in Europe.

“The world leaders certainly have more important topics to grapple with,” Podesta wrote.

“The president’s tweet is so obviously wrong and so evidently self-serving that the temptation is simply to ignore it. But because he is the president, his words warrant a response,” he added.

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Podesta, who said he was on a road trip with his wife, said he felt compelled to respond because “[t]he Russians stole my emails.”

“When they did that, they committed a crime. They also invaded my privacy, and the privacy of a multitude of friends, family and colleagues with whom I communicated,” he wrote.

The former Clinton campaign official penned the op-ed hours after firing off a series of tweets where he called Trump a “whack job” and said the president should “get a grip” regarding Russia’s election meddling.

The response from Podesta, whose personal emails were hacked and released during last year’s presidential campaign, came after Trump targeted him in a tweet early Friday morning. 

“Everyone here is talking about why John Podesta refused to give the DNC server to the FBI and the CIA,” Trump wrote during his trip to Germany.

Podesta noted in his op-ed that the hack of his emails was separate from another breach involving the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) server.

“First, I had nothing to do with the Democratic National Committee — I chaired Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. So there was no DNC server for me to refuse to give and I was never asked for one,” he wrote.

“Second, the CIA has no role in domestic intelligence-gathering — in fact, it’s prohibited. The CIA would never ask anyone at the DNC for a server. Whether the FBI asked the DNC for access to a server, I don’t know, beyond what I’ve read,” he added.

Podesta also connected the email hacks to a Russian attempt to help “Trump get elected president” and chided Trump for his response to the meddling.

“So the responsible thing for a U.S. president to do, in these circumstances, is to have the backbone to stand up against Russian interference in U.S. democracy — not to question, as Trump did on Thursday, the competence of our own intelligence community and to publicly doubt, once again, the conclusion that Russia was behind the hacking,” Podesta wrote.

“As president, Trump is supposed to be doing his job representing the United States in a respectable fashion to make sure we maintain and enhance our standing around the world. Instead, he has his face glued to his phone. It’s really sad that the U.S. president can’t get his head in the game even at the G-20 summit of world leaders.”

Trump met with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday for their first high-stakes meeting, where he pressed him about Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election, according to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

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