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Rauner: President should blame Russians for hacking

SPRINGFIELD (AP) – Gov. Bruce Rauner says he was “deeply troubled” by President Donald Trump’s seeming support for Russia and President Vladimir Putin in public comments.

The Republican governor told reporters Tuesday that “we should not be defending the Russians’ behavior” and that “Putin is a brutal dictator.”

Rauner says there’s “clear and convincing evidence” that Russians hacked election records of Illinois and 21 other states. He says, “We, the president and everyone should be holding the Russians accountable.”

Rauner has been criticized for rarely mentioning the GOP president’s name let alone commenting on his policies.

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