Donald Trump was "ignorant," not sarcastic, when he called on Russia to find and release thousands of missing emails from the private server Hillary Clinton used while secretary of state, Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine said Friday.
"I don't have a sense of humor about cyberterrorism," the Virginia senator told CNN's
Alisyn Camerota. "I don't think he was being sarcastic, I think he was being ignorant."
On Wednesday, Trump drew criticism
and headlines by commenting during a press conference during questions over allegations that Russia was involved in the leak of the DNC emails to WikiLeaks.
"I will tell you this: Russia, if you're listening I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing," Trump said, referring not to the DNC emails but to communications that went missing from Clinton's private server.
On an interview airing Thursday on Fox News, Trump told Fox News' Brian Kilmeade "of course" he was being sarcastic with his comments
However, Kaine said he's not laughing, and that he believes Trump's comments were "temperamentally a disqualification for the office" of the presidency.
Kaine on Friday also described Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's Thursday night acceptance speech as "morning in America," while Donald Trump's last week was "kind of midnight in America."
"It was a very, very emotional moment," Kaine said of joining Clinton on the stage after her speech. He told Camerota that he'd told Clinton "'it is a great country and you've just made it a lot greater.'"
Also on Friday, Kaine denied criticism that he'd changed his stance on the Tran-Pacific Partnership. He did vote to grant President Barack Obama fast-track authority to negotiate the deal, but on Friday said he remains concerned about one of the issues in the partnership.
The issue he is having trouble with is allowing corporations to challenge unfair trade practices in private courts, he said. Also, it's been a year since the plan was proposed and "nobody has given me a reason why we should embrace a trade deal," Kaine said.
Trump is continuing to slam both the Democratic candidates on their past support of TPP and said this week that Clinton will approve the deal, after passing just minor changes to it.
Further, top Clinton ally Terry McAuliffe also said he thinks she'll pass the deal, a claim the Clinton campaign denies.
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