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Trump would 'take' foreign information on rival in 2020 election

Trump would 'take' foreign information on rival in 2020 election

"There isn't anything wrong with listening", Donald Trump said.

Thursday at her weekly press briefing, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said it was "very sad" President Donald Trump said he would accept oppo on political opponents from foreign governments.

"I think maybe you do both", Trump said during the interview when Stephanopoulos asked whether he would accept information from countries like China or Russian Federation or hand it to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

"It's not an interference, they have information - I think I'd take it", Trump said.

Joe Biden, now the frontrunner in the race to become the Democratic nominee in the next United States election, accused Mr Trump of "welcoming" foreign interference with his latest comments.

"If it's what you say, I love it", Trump Jr had written in response to a 2016 email offering the information in a meeting.

Although Mueller could not establish a criminal conspiracy involving the Trump campaign in his probe of Russia's role in the 2016 campaign, his report said the Russian government interfered in the election in a "sweeping and systemic fashion" and that Trump's campaign was open to assistance from Russian sources.

Trump's interview with ABC came on the same day his son Donald Jr was grilled by U.S. senators about his contacts with Russians.

"You're a congressman, someone comes up and says, 'I have information on your opponent, do you call the FBI?' " Trump said.

Tit-for-tat: China ready to respond if United States escalates trade war
On China , Trump was confident that a deal could be reached but played down the risks to the US economy if there is no deal. Trump maintained that he had a "great relationship" with Xi despite the rise in trade tensions between their two countries.

FBI Director Christopher Wray told lawmakers that Donald Trump Jr., as an organizer of the meeting with the Russian who offered the dirt on Clinton, should have called his agency to report the episode. ' Clarification' On Wednesday, Trump Jr said he provided "clarification" to the intelligence panel, and pointed out that Cohen himself is now serving a prison sentence for campaign finance violations and lying to Congress.

The top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, Jerry Nadler, called Trump's remarks "shocking" and questioned why the president would leave himself in debt to a foreign power. However, Pelosi said Trump's comments did not change Democratic leaders' plan to move forward with investigating Trump and his administration before any formal impeachment proceedings.

One of Trump's closest allies in Congress, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, joined Democrats in criticizing the president's remarks.

Hicks last week agreed to supply documents from Trump's 2016 campaign to the committee, despite a White House directive advising her not to provide the panel with material from her subsequent time at the White House.

"I meet and talk to "foreign governments" every day", Trump tweeted.

Earlier Wednesday, Trump erroneously claimed from the Oval Office that his campaign rejected overtures from Russian Federation when offered derogatory information about his opponent in 2016. One of Trump's 2020 challengers, former Vice President Joe Biden, tweeted: "President Trump is once again welcoming foreign interference in our elections".

Republicans have accused Clinton's campaign of also accepting foreign assistance.

In an interview with broadcaster ABC News, the president denied this would count as meddling in an election. "I think it's a mistake of law".


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