In an interview with FOX & Friends aired Sunday, President Donald Trump said then-President Obama knew about Russia's attempts to meddle in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and "did nothing about it."
PETE HEGSETH, FOX & FRIENDS: I opened up the failing "New York Times" and "The Washington Post" this morning. No mention at all of this bill that you're signing today. For veterans who are so passionate about this, it's such a historic bill, are they going to cover this? And if they don't, why don't they cover it the way they cover every breathless scandal in the media today?
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Well I just heard today for the first time that Obama knew about Russia a long time before the election, and he did nothing about it. But nobody wants to talk about that. The CIA gave him information on Russia a long time before they even -- before the election. And I hardly see it. It's an amazing thing. To me -- in other words, the question is, if he had the information, why didn't he do something about it? He should have done something about it. But you don't read that. It's quite sad.
HEGSETH: That never leaked out.
TRUMP: That doesn't leak out, no. They're very selective leaks. With sources. I always love the sources, many of which don't exist.
But no, there's a -- there is a theme going on in the country, and hopefully, it's somewhat of a sickness in that sense. But you know what? I am so proud of what we've done in such a short period of time.