Trump Faces Backlash Over Remark on Foreign Interference

Trump Faces Backlash Over Remark on Foreign Interference

One clip, where Trump said he would consider taking information from foreign entities that could help him win an election, resulted in Trump going on Fox & Friends where he clarified his comments Friday.

Stephanopoulos cited White House Counsel Don McGahn's testimony recalling that Trump called him and said Mueller "had to go" because he was conflicted.

"I think you might want to listen. there's nothing wrong with listening", Trump said when asked by ABC News what he would do if a country such as Russian Federation or China offered him information. "It's not an interference". "It's not an interference, they have information-I think I'd take it", Trump said.

"Now, if I thought anything was incorrect or badly stated..."

Trump team contacts with Russians during the 2016 presidential race led to special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into possible collusion and obstruction of justice.

President Trump participates in a working lunch with governors in the Cabinet Room at the White House on Thursday.

President Donald Trump's 73rd birthday is Friday, and the people of Washington, D.C., complimented his looks, sang him happy birthday, and in some cases, had not-so-nice things to say on his special day. "There is no sense. any ethical sense that informs his comments and his thinking".

Others, such as Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren of MA, called on Congress to begin impeachment proceedings following the president's remarks.

"Oh, absolutely. Look, here's the bottom line: they spied on my campaign and they got caught", Trump said, adding that it was probably one of the worst political scandals in American history. He said he was never going to fire Mueller, and never suggested doing so.

"I think it's a mistake", said Graham, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

However, President Trump vehemently denied doing this.

Others were outspoken in their discomfort.

Stephanopoulos raised concerns about information from foreign governments influencing the 2020 elections in the US.

Republican Senator Mitt Romney said that accepting information on political opponents from foreign powers would be "simply unthinkable" and would "strike at the very heart of our democracy".

But Trump told Fox yesterday: "Of course, you have to look at it. but of course, you give it to the Federal Bureau of Investigation or report it to the attorney general or somebody like that".

When the ABC anchor referred to the FBI director telling Congress his agency should be made aware of any such foreign election meddling, Mr Trump said: "The FBI director is wrong". According to Trump, the most important news is left out from the news.

"I'm exhausted of seeing the same old tie, you know what I mean?"

"The president has either learned nothing in the last two years or picked up exactly the wrong lesson - that he can accept gleefully foreign assistance again and escape the punishment of the law", U.S. Representative Adam Schiff said.

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