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'Like I said: A puppet,' Hillary Clinton tweets after recent reports about Trump, Russia

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President Donald Trump's vanquished 2016 Democratic opponent appears to be relishing his recent difficulties with news reports about his relationship with Russia. 

"Like I said: A puppet," Hillary Clinton tweeted Monday, referencing a famous exchange between her and Trump during their third and final presidential debate.

On Oct. 19, 2016, Trump said Russian President Vladimir Putin did not respect the former secretary of state. 

"Well, that's because he'd rather have a puppet as president of the United States," Clinton replied.

"No puppet," Trump said, talking over her. "You're the puppet. No, you're the puppet." 

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"It's pretty clear you won't admit the Russians have engaged in cyber attacks against the United States of America, that you encouraged espionage against our people, that you are willing to spout the Putin line, sign up for his wish list, break up NATO, do whatever he wants to do and that you continue to get help from him because he has a very clear favorite in this race," Clinton continued. 

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Clinton's tweet reiterating her claim that Trump is a Russian puppet comes after news reports over the weekend that added fuel to the debate over Trump's Russia ties.

The New York Times reported Friday that the FBI investigated whether Trump was working on Putin's behalf after he fired director James Comey. And on Sunday, The Washington Post reported that Trump went to "extraordinary lengths" to conceal details from his conversations with Putin. 

Hillary Clinton wearing a blue dress shirt and tie: Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton looks on during an event to discuss reproductive rights at Barnard College, Jan. 7, 2019 in New York City. © Drew Angerer, Getty Images Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton looks on during an event to discuss reproductive rights at Barnard College, Jan. 7, 2019 in New York City. "I never worked for Russia," Trump told reporters Monday. He said the very question was a "disgrace" and repeated his belief that the investigation into his potential ties Russian election meddling was  "a whole big fat hoax."

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