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Trump says he’s open to foreign information

by Harvest Prude
Posted 6/13/19, 11:38 am

WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump said Wednesday that if a foreign power offered “dirt” on his 2020 election opponent, he saw nothing wrong with accepting the information. ABC News Director George Stephanopoulos asked Trump whether he would accept information offered by Russia or China or report the offer to the FBI. “I think maybe you do both,” the president said. “I think you might want to listen. There’s nothing wrong with listening.” He added, “If somebody called from a country—Norway— ‘We have information on your opponent.’ Oh, I think I’d want to hear it.”

Earlier in the interview, Trump compared accepting the information to opposition research political campaigns compile: “When you go and talk, honestly, to congressmen, they all do it, they always have, and that’s the way it is. It’s called oppo research.”

The Trump campaign landed in hot water after news broke that Donald Trump Jr. met with a Russian lawyer at Trump Tower in New York in June 2016 after he was offered damaging information on his father’s eventual 2016 opponent, Hillary Clinton. Trump Jr. later told Congress that the campaign received no such information, but special counsel Robert Mueller considered the meeting in his report about Russian interference with the 2016 election. Mueller did not establish a criminal conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia.

In the ABC News interview, the president also said he disagreed with FBI Director Christopher Wray, who told Congress last month that political campaigns should contact the agency if offered any suspicious communication. “The FBI director is wrong,” Trump said.

“President Trump is once again welcoming foreign interference in our elections,” former Vice President Joe Biden tweeted after the interview aired. “This isn’t about politics. It is a threat to our national security. An American President should not seek their aid and abet those who seek to undermine democracy.” Other 2020 Democratic contenders for the White House, including Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Bernie Sanders of Vermont, and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, re-upped their calls for Congress to begin hearings to impeach Trump.

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Harvest is a reporter for WORLD based in Washington, D.C.

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  • CarolinaJay
    Posted: Thu, 06/13/2019 02:46 pm

    Didn't Hillary do the same - in fact more, paying for the Steele dossier?

    The Democrats are being hypocritical.

  •  West Coast Gramma's picture
    West Coast Gramma
    Posted: Thu, 06/13/2019 03:10 pm

    Hillary isn't president of the United States. Trump is. You don't think setting "dirty" Hillary as the national standard against which to judge our president's behavior is setting the bar far too low?

  • John Kloosterman
    Posted: Thu, 06/13/2019 04:59 pm

    Gosh, you mean Steele, an independent investigator formerly from our ally England?  Are we talking about the dossier that he shared with the FBI, in clear contrast to what Trump is saying he would do? I see no difference whatsoever between that and meeting with representatives from the Russian government and refusing to tell anyone about it.

    Y'know, I remember the time when we said the GOP were the good guys.  Now we're down to: "Well, they're approximately as bad as the other guys."  I even remember when the Gore campaign told the Bush campaign (And the FBI) that they'd gotten a letter with Bush's debate prep.  Exactly in what way are we making America great?  Or draining the swamp?  Because it seems we're just speeding up the corruption.

  • news2me
    Posted: Thu, 06/13/2019 05:24 pm

    The DEMS and REPS messed up and Trump won. They were all friends with Hillary, including Trump.

    I don't even think Trump thought he would win. But he did and now they are making Trump the scapegoat for them losing the election.

    He must have cheated or colluded, else HOW could he have won?! They ALL made sure that Trump would be the one running against Hillary. They all thought, "who would vote for Trump?" People around the country even pulled Turmp signs off of private property. LOL

    Don't you EVER WONDER how certain people win elections around the country, even people who should be in JAIL? Dems & Reps?

    Trump ran as a Republican because the DEMS said no. It seems ANYONE can call themselves a Republican. 


  • John Kloosterman
    Posted: Thu, 06/13/2019 05:01 pm

    Our wonderful law and order president.  Most transparent in history.  Loves America.  Totally fine with working with our enemies to win elections and not telling the government about it.

    What exactly do Republicans stand for, anymore?  Win at all costs?  Is that what we're at?  Just naked pursuit of power?

  • news2me
    Posted: Thu, 06/13/2019 05:34 pm

    At least TRUMP is TRYING to be a good president.

    Look back at the last Bush, how many times did they count the hanging chads? He was even BLAMED for 9-11. 

    Bush got blamed for Clinton's stuff and then Obama blamed Bush for 8 years after Bush was out of office.

    Mr. CLINTON is a thug. He should be in JAIL. Think about it. He wanted Hillary to get off so he went to talk to the DOJ about her grandchildren? What a lovely family. He probably even had a photo on his phone. Clinton can truthfully say he talked about her grandchildren. LOL 

    People know what that means and comply, or else. Obama used to call out to the justices to "do the right thing". 

  • news2me
    Posted: Thu, 06/13/2019 05:38 pm

    When you progressives or whatever you call yourselves are measuring Trump, who are using to compare?

    Trump is working hard even in the face of our own country hitting him from all sides. They even went after HIS FAMILY. When you go after someone's wife and children you have gone too far. Obama said his family was off-limits, so why is it open-season for Trump's family. 


  • not silent
    Posted: Fri, 06/14/2019 08:45 am

    I'm not a "progressive," but I'm also not conservative.  I am basically centrist.  But, more importantly, I'm a follower of Christ.  

    I am not measuring Mr. Trump against anyone, but I do have certain moral expectations for every politician.  Since our constitution forbids the establishment of religion, I don't expect every leader to be a Christian; but I do expect them to be honest, not to be corrupt, and to put the welfare of the country first. 

    If all we are doing is comparing one politician to another, we will always wind up with the "lesser of the evils"; and the situation will get worse and worse.  Isn't that what's been happening?  Our leaders serve the people, not the other way around.  We can use our votes to enforce our expectations-if we are willing.        

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    West Coast Gramma
    Posted: Sat, 06/15/2019 12:09 am

    Re: NotSilent

    Yay!! Amen!

  • news2me
    Posted: Thu, 06/13/2019 05:49 pm

    Trump should listen to information people have to say about someone. 

    As far as giving it to the fbi, they have shown that they can't be trusted. 

    Here's some info on my Dem. opponent. LOL. 

    The JOKES just get better, or worse, as the case may be.

  • Laura W
    Posted: Thu, 06/13/2019 08:51 pm

    Through the whole "Russian collusion" narrative, I've been fairly willing to give President Trump the benefit of the doubt, especially since he obviously has some opponents who are very motivated to find something even if nothing exists. But now he just announces to the world that whether or not he has colluded with any foreign powers, he gladly would, given the chance. Really?