President Trump launched a fresh defense of his campaign Thursday night following news that the special counsel investigating ties between his campaign associates and Moscow had impaneled a grand jury in Washington.
“Most people know there were no Russians in our campaign, there never were,” Trump said during a campaign-style rally in Huntington, W.Va.
“We didn’t win because of Russia, we won because of you,” he added, gesturing to the audience.
Trump proceeded to joke about Russians being spotted in key battleground states that he won during the 2016 presidential election, including West Virginia.
“Have you seen any Russian in West Virginia, or Ohio or Pennsylvania?” Trump asked. “Are there any Russians here tonight?”
The president accused political opponents of pushing a “fake story” that he called “demeaning to all of us and most importantly demeaning to our country and demeaning to our Constitution.”
“They can’t beat us at the voting booths, so they’re trying to cheat you out of the future and the future that you want,” he said.