Updated Jun 29, 2019

Jimmy Carter says Trump can thank Russian interference for his 2016 win

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Former President Jimmy Carter said Friday that a thorough investigation into the 2016 presidential election would reveal that President Trump would not have won the presidency without the help of Russian interference, the Washington Post reports.

What he's saying: "There's no doubt that Russians did interfere in the election, and I think the interference, although not yet quantified, if fully investigated would show that Trump didn't actually win the election in 2016," he said at a Carter Center conference in Virginia. He also indicated that he considers Trump to be an "illegitimate president."

  • Carter, the oldest living president, described Trump's immigration policies as "a disgrace to the United States."
  • In evaluating the Trump administration's response to Saudi Arabia's murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, he said that his administration "would have demanded a complete accounting about how high up the orders came from."

The other side: Trump responded to Carter's comments at a press conference in Japan, calling him a "nice man" but a "terrible president. The president insisted he won in 2016 "not because of Russia, not because of anybody but myself."

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Biden formally secures Democratic presidential nomination

Joe Biden speaks at Delaware State University's student cente on June 5. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

Former Vice President Joe Biden became the formal Democratic presidential nominee on Friday evening, per AP.

The big picture: Biden has been the presumptive frontrunner to take on President Trump since Sen. Bernie Sanders suspended his campaign in early April.

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Scoop: German foreign minister to travel to Israel with warning on annexation

Heiko Maas. Photo: Michael Kappeler/picture alliance via Getty Images

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is expected to travel to Israel next week to warn that there will be consequences if Israeli leaders move forward with plans to annex parts of the West Bank, Israeli officials and European diplomats tell me.

Why it matters: Israeli and European officials agree that if Israel goes ahead with unilateral annexation, the EU will respond with sanctions.