Graham Thinks It Was a ‘Mistake’ for Trump to Say He’s Open to Getting Foreign Dirt on Political Rivals

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is calling President Donald Trump’s comments a “mistake” after the president claimed he’d accept foreign dirt on political opponents.

The president stirred up controversy when he said during Wednesday’s ABC News interview that he doesn’t see anything wrong in accepting damaging information on opponents from a foreign government, as IJR News reported.

“I think you might want to listen, there’s nothing wrong with listening,” Trump said, adding, “[…] It’s not an interference, they have 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.”

However, Graham is suggesting Trump is “wrong” on his statement.

“I think that’s wrong. That’s a mistake,” Graham told reporters on Thursday. “I’ve been consistent on this. If a public official is approached by a foreign government offering anything of value … the right answer is ‘no.’”

“I’m hoping some of my Democratic colleagues will take more seriously the fact that Christopher Steele was a foreign agent paid for by the Democratic Party,” he added.

See Graham’s comments below:

Additionally, Graham responded to Trump’s statement in a tweet thread:

“First, I believe that it should be practice for all public officials who are contacted by a foreign government with an offer of assistance to their campaign – either directly or indirectly – to inform the FBI and reject the offer.”

The president tried to defend his comments, tweeting on Thursday morning:

Trump’s remarks have only opened him up to more criticism from congressional Democrats, as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said during Thursday’s press conference that it’s “evidence that he does not know right from wrong,” as IJR Blue reported.

In another view, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said during a news conference, “I know this president would not want any foreign government interfering in this election.”

However, “The answer is ‘no.’ It’s got to be ‘no,'” Graham said, putting his foot down on the president or any members of Congress accepting campaign dirt from a foreign government.

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