PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on the Democratic National Convention (all times EDT):
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and his running mate, Republican Vice Presidential candidate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, arrive for the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention, Tuesday, July 26, 2016, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and his running mate, Republican Vice Presidential candidate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, arrive for the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention, Tuesday, July 26, 2016, in Charlotte, N.C.
Donald Trump is dismissing claims made by Democrats that Russia hacked the Democratic National Committee emails to benefit Trump's campaign.
Responding to questions over whether Russia's President Vladimir Putin might favor a Trump presidency, Trump told reporters he "never met Putin, I don't know who Putin is."
The Republican presidential nominee said the incident with the hacked emails demonstrates that Putin and other world leaders no longer respect the United States.
He said he's never spoken to Putin and knows nothing about him "except that he'll respect me."
He said that it may not even be Russia behind the email breach and suggested China may be the culprit.
The emails revealed that DNC officials favored Hillary Clinton over her rival Bernie Sanders. The revelation that led to the resignation of the DNC chief, Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
Donald Trump says he knows "nothing about" the hack of Democratic National Committee emails that security experts believe may have originated in Russia.
Trump said Democrats are using the hack as a "total deflection" and are off-base in suggesting that the Republican nominee's campaign had anything to do with the security breach.
Trump, speaking Wednesday in a news conference in Florida, said he's more interested in the content of the emails revealed by the hack. Some revealed that DNC officials favored Hillary Clinton over her rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, Bernie Sanders.
The celebrity businessman denied that he had any major investments in Russia and said that he would treat Russian President Vladimir Putin "firmly." Trump, who has praised Putin in the past, reiterated his hope that the U.S. and Russia could have warmer relations.
Republican Donald Trump is kicking off a press conference at one of his golf clubs by criticizing rival Hillary Clinton's reluctance to take questions from the press.
He says that Clinton is afraid to take questions.
AP, Associated Press
Jul. 27, 2016 11:10 AM ET