Trump said during an ABC News interview that he doesn’t see anything wrong with accepting dirt on political opponents from a foreign government.
“If somebody called from a country, Norway, ‘we have information on your opponent’ – oh, I think I’d want to hear it,” the president said.
“It’s not an interference, they have information — I think I’d take it,” he added. “If I thought there was something wrong, I’d go maybe to the FBI — if I thought there was something wrong.”
Trump’s remarks caused criticism to pour out, particularly from the House speaker, who then suggested that Trump “does not know right from wrong,” as IJR Blue reported.
“It’s a very sad thing,” Pelosi said.
During a press conference on Thursday, McCarthy responded by taking a swipe at Democrats over the Russia probe origins:
“I watched in the last campaign the Democrat presidential campaign spend $6 million to a foreign entity to travel the world to try to find something. When they could not find it, they made false accusations, salacious accusations at that. Drove this country into a special counsel lasting more than 22 months. Using this false information, sending it to the FBI that went and got a FISA court. Then to spy upon Americans and took us through something we should never have to live again.”
The Republican lawmaker noted that he “did not hear the speaker be appalled at that.”
When asked by a reporter if he believes the entire Steele dossier is made up by the Democratic National Committee, McCarthy responded, “Did they pay a foreign entity to go around and create it? I believe they did.”
Additionally, McCarthy called Trump’s foreign dirt remarks “hypothetical.”
“We do not want to have a foreign government interfere in any of our elections,” he added. “We should all stand united on that.”
Watch his full comments below:
Other Republicans have also responded to Trump’s controversial comments, as Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said they were a “mistake,” and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) also called the remarks “hypothetical, first of all.”