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Washington - Trump Says He'd 'want To Hear' Foreign Dirt On 2020 Rivals

Published on: June 12, 2019 09:21 PM
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President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump attend a Polish-American reception with Polish President Andrzej Duda in the East Room of the White House, Wednesday June 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump attend a Polish-American reception with Polish President Andrzej Duda in the East Room of the White House, Wednesday June 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Washington - President Donald Trump said Wednesday that if a foreign power offered dirt on his 2020 opponent, he’d be open to accepting it and that he’d have no obligation to call in the FBI.

“I think I’d want to hear it,” Trump said in an interview with ABC News, adding, “There’s nothing wrong with listening.”

The role of Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., in organizing a 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer offering negative information on Hillary Clinton was a focus of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of Russian meddling in the last presidential campaign.

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Mueller painstakingly documented Russian efforts to boost Trump’s campaign and undermine that of his Democratic rival. But while Mueller’s investigation didn’t establish a criminal conspiracy between Russia and Trump’s campaign, Trump repeatedly praised WikiLeaks in 2016 and celebrated information exposed by Russian hackers.

One of Trump’s possible opponents in the 2020 race, Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren, tweeted: “The #MuellerReport made it clear: A foreign government attacked our 2016 elections to support Trump, Trump welcomed that help, and Trump obstructed the investigation. Now, he said he’d do it all over again. It’s time to impeach Donald Trump.”

Trump’s comments came just a month after he pledged not to use information stolen by foreign adversaries in his 2020 re-election campaign, even as he wrongly insisted he hadn’t used such information to his benefit in 2016.

During a question-and-answer session with reporters in the Oval Office in May, Trump said he “would certainly agree to” that commitment.

“I don’t need it,” he said as he met with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. “All I need is the opponents that I’m looking at.”

Trump also insisted erroneously that he “never did use, as you probably know,” such information, adding: “That’s what the Mueller report was all about. They said no collusion.”

FBI Director Christopher Wray told lawmakers that Donald Trump Jr. should have called his agency to report the offer.

But Trump, who nominated Wray to the role in 2017, told ABC News that he disagrees. “The FBI director is wrong,” the president said. He added, “Life doesn’t work like that.”

Asked whether his advisers should accept information on an opponent from Russia, China or another nation or call the FBI this time, Trump said, “I think maybe you do both,” expressing openness to reviewing the information.

“I think you might want to listen,” he said. “There’s nothing wrong with listening. If somebody called, from a country — Norway — we have information on your opponent. Oh, I think I’d want to hear it.”



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 Jun 13, 2019 at 11:01 AM BenedictArnold Says:

This shows how unfit he is for any public office including dog catcher. What a traitor he really is. Feh.

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 Jun 13, 2019 at 11:27 AM Cixelsyd_Wnosanoy Says:

The traitorous fool is inviting foreign intervention, contradicting even his own national security appointees, proudly asserting that he will break the law, and just about indicting himself for an impeachable offense. I just love it.

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 Jun 13, 2019 at 11:28 AM Granny Says:

The way the news media presents this, he sounds like a foreign spy and traitor. Watch the actual interview. He said, yes, if Norway called to tell me they have information on an opponent, why wouldn't I hear what they have to say? The same is tru of any country. Everyone should stop acting so shocked and appalled. You think if ANY of the Democrats running for office would be contacted by a Russian saying they have information on Trump the candidate would cover his ears and run away saying, no, I don't want top hear any loshon hara? Give me a break.

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 Jun 13, 2019 at 11:28 AM Anonymous Says:

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BenedictArnold Says:

This shows how unfit he is for any public office including dog catcher. What a traitor he really is. Feh.

Not even dog catcher...may he one day mop floors in a prison cell block.

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 Jun 13, 2019 at 12:36 PM Cixelsyd_Wnosanoy Says:

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Granny Says:

The way the news media presents this, he sounds like a foreign spy and traitor. Watch the actual interview. He said, yes, if Norway called to tell me they have information on an opponent, why wouldn't I hear what they have to say? The same is tru of any country. Everyone should stop acting so shocked and appalled. You think if ANY of the Democrats running for office would be contacted by a Russian saying they have information on Trump the candidate would cover his ears and run away saying, no, I don't want top hear any loshon hara? Give me a break.

Facts matter Granny...the historical record of presidential candidates, both Democrat and Republican, reporting foreign contacts to the FBI is extensive...it's a fundamental part of the ABCs of running a campaign...just research it for yourself...it's easy...start with Google The fact is, Trump is an outlier all by himself here. B"H

And talk to your Rav...he'll set you straight on the correct meaning and use of the inyun of loshon hora.

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 Jun 13, 2019 at 05:14 PM Educated Archy Says:

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Cixelsyd_Wnosanoy Says:

Facts matter Granny...the historical record of presidential candidates, both Democrat and Republican, reporting foreign contacts to the FBI is extensive...it's a fundamental part of the ABCs of running a campaign...just research it for yourself...it's easy...start with Google The fact is, Trump is an outlier all by himself here. B"H

And talk to your Rav...he'll set you straight on the correct meaning and use of the inyun of loshon hora.

Yup trump doesn't do things like prior presidents. He plays dirty. That's why he has my vote. No not a traitor at all. Just smart business

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 Jun 13, 2019 at 05:17 PM Phineas Says:

Reply to #3  
Granny Says:

The way the news media presents this, he sounds like a foreign spy and traitor. Watch the actual interview. He said, yes, if Norway called to tell me they have information on an opponent, why wouldn't I hear what they have to say? The same is tru of any country. Everyone should stop acting so shocked and appalled. You think if ANY of the Democrats running for office would be contacted by a Russian saying they have information on Trump the candidate would cover his ears and run away saying, no, I don't want top hear any loshon hara? Give me a break.

If you can't see the problem with this, vote for Trump. You're beyond help.

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 Jun 13, 2019 at 11:41 PM PaulinSaudi Says:

Well, he says he is willing to work with our enemies. Is that so very different from working for them?

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 Jun 14, 2019 at 08:58 AM Anonymous Says:

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Cixelsyd_Wnosanoy Says:

The traitorous fool is inviting foreign intervention, contradicting even his own national security appointees, proudly asserting that he will break the law, and just about indicting himself for an impeachable offense. I just love it.

Stop lying deranged fool. Every single candidate would accept dirt from anyone there is nothing illegal about that. Just remember the only one who accepted and actually paid for information from foreigners in 2016 was the machashefa, a foreigner was hired to dig up dirt from a foreign country there was the real Russian collusion.

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