President Donald Trump said that he would accept information from a foreign government on his opponents in the 2020 presidential election and suggested during his interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos that he also wouldn’t need to alert the FBI.
During the interview, which ABC previewed Wednesday, Stephanopoulos asked Trump whether he would accept information from a foreign entity like China or Russia on a political rival or instead call the FBI.
Trump replied, “I think maybe you do both,” before he added that he would do that only if he “thought there was something wrong.”
“I think you might want to listen,” Trump said. “I think there’s nothing wrong with listening. If somebody called from a country, Norway, [and said], ‘We have information on your opponent.’ Oh, I think I’d want to hear it.”
When Stephanopoulos described that type of interaction as “interference in our election,” Trump disagreed.
“It’s not an interference,” the president said. “They have the information! I think I’d take it.
“If I thought there was something wrong, I’d go maybe to the FBI, if I thought there was something wrong. But when somebody comes up with oppo research… ‘Oh, let’s call the FBI.’ The FBI doesn’t have enough agents to take care of it.”
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