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Former President Donald Trump discusses Clinton allegations, state of nation on North Dakota radio show

As the interview wound down, Trump said he wanted to leave on a "a little bit of optimism," stating, "We can do it again. We can bring it back, and we'll bring it back even stronger."

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Rep. Kevin Cramer speaks with President Donald Trump at Scheels Arena in Fargo on Wednesday, June 27, 2018. David Samson / The Forum
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FARGO — A Fargo radio station hosted former President Donald Trump on Friday morning, Feb. 18, with the conversation ranging from recent allegations involving Hillary Clinton to the current state of the nation.

The conversation took place on the weekly "Talk Radio Town Hall" feature of radio host Scott Hennen's "What's On Your Mind" show on "AM 1100 The Flag."

Hennen was joined in the conversation by U.S. Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., who referred to Trump as a friend and mentor.

Trump described Cramer as a respected voice in Congress who has "made some incredible decisions."

The interview opened with talk of what has become known as the Durham report, a court document filed by special counsel John Durham as part of an indictment involving an attorney named Michael Sussmann.

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According to a headline on the Fox News website , the filing suggests Hillary Clinton's campaign was involved in efforts to spy on servers tied to Trump Tower and the Trump White House.

Hillary Clinton has suggested anyone curious about the matter might want to read Vanity Fair's take on the uproar , which makes the case that conservative media voices are mistaken about what the court filing is actually about.

The Washington Post and The New York Times have published pieces that, like the Vanity Fair article, cast the court filing in a much different light than Fox News, with the New York Times coverage underscoring comments from Durham himself indicating that the administration alluded to in the court filing at the center of the discussion was not the Trump administration.

On Friday, Hennen suggested Hilary Clinton "certainly knew what was going on," adding, "maybe it's time to resurrect, 'Lock her up,'" a reference to a popular refrain at many past Trump campaign events.

Echoing another often-stated sentiment, Trump described national media outlets, such as The Washington Post and The New York Times, as being corrupt. "They're really the enemy of the people," he said.

On the state of the country today, Trump maintained that the United States has gone from being the strongest it has ever been when he left office to being weak.

"I don't think we've ever had a fall so fast. It's bad, it's just really bad," he said.

At one point in the interview, Trump spoke directly to North Dakotans, stating: "I want to say hello to the people of North Dakota. They're incredible people."

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As the interview wound down, Trump said he wanted to leave on a "a little bit of optimism," stating, "We can do it again. We can bring it back and we'll bring it back even stronger."

When Hennen asked Trump what the future may hold and whether the former president's role would be one of "king or king maker," Trump replied: "A lot of people ask me that question. I think people are going to be very happy with my decision."

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