Trump says Democrats are making up excuses for their loss

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump on Sunday dismissed CIA reports that Russia intervened in the election to propel him to the White House as “ridiculous” and blamed Democrats for peddling the theory as an “excuse” for losing.

“I think it’s ridiculous. I think it’s just another excuse,” Trump told “Fox News Sunday.” “Every week, it’s another excuse.”

The Washington Post reported that the CIA had determined that Russia intervened in the election against Hillary Clinton by turning over thousands of hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee and from her campaign chairman, John Podesta, to WikiLeaks.

Despite US intelligence reports pointing the finger at Moscow, Trump continued to dispute claims that Russia had anything to do with the hacks.

Russia could be behind the interference, but “I don’t think it is,” Trump said, adding it could be China or “somebody sitting in a bed someplace.”

He accused Democrats of blaming Russia for Clinton’s loss.

“I think the Democrats are putting it out because they suffered one of the greatest defeats in the history of politics in this country,” Trump said.

His defense of Russia puzzled congressional leaders, including GOP Sen. John McCain.

“It is clear the Russians interfered,” McCain told CBS’s “Face the Nation.”