Trump Reverses Course, Says ‘Of Course’ He Would Report Foreign Interference

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U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday reversed course over whether he would report any foreign interference in a political campaign to U.S. law enforcement, telling Fox News in an interview he would, “of course,” contact authorities.

In an interview with ABC News earlier this week, Trump had said he would accept assistance from a foreign entity looking to interfere in U.S. politics, saying there was “nothing wrong” with it.

He also told ABC he disagreed with FBI Director Christopher Wray’s position that political campaigns should report suspicious communications from foreign governments.

“Of course, you have to look at it … but of course, you give it to the FBI or report it to the attorney general or somebody like that,” Trump told Fox on Friday. “You couldn’t have that happen with our country, and everybody understands that.”

Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr. was questioned by a U.S. Senate committee in a closed session on Wednesday about a June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower in New York, in which a Russian lawyer had offered damaging information on Hillary Clinton, the elder Trump’s Democratic opponent in the 2016 presidential election.

The younger Trump, on learning the topic of the meeting, had written in an email: “I love it.” But people who attended the meeting said later it focused on other matters.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller looked into that meeting as part of his investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. He documented extensive contacts between Trump’s 2016 campaign and Russia, but did not establish that members of the campaign conspired with Moscow.

(Reporting by Makini Brice and Susan Heavey; Editing by Bernadette Baum)

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James Santory
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James Santory

I started reading this publication again, but if you are going to but up fake news, I will start to ignore it. Show me where in his talking with GS that Trump said, “That he would accept assistance”.

James Santory
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James Santory

Trump did not say that he would accept assistance. That is a lie or fake news. He said he would listen to what someone says. He is the president on the US, responsible for the security of us all. Anyone is not going to say Mr. Trump do you want to hear…? They are just going to say it in a normal conversation. The president does not have the freedom to be sneeking around. All of his conversations are recorded, and this was a waste of a very important man’s time, as the Dems have been doing for 2 years.

James Santory
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James Santory

Why do you say he reversed course? Watch it again. If someone say your opponent got a parking ticket, I do not think he would report it. But if it was damaging to the country or someone committed a crime he said he would. He said he would listen and maybe report depending on what is said. How does he report anything if he does not listen. This is the most rediculas story or subject in a long time.

Phoenix
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I guess someone told him he openly admitted he would break the law. No worries, just smooth it over with no apology and contradictory remarks.

I do actually have a high confidence the president would first consult with lawyers before doing anything. I am not confident it would be immediately reported though.

Michael
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He “may have been confused.”

General Confusion
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King Donald The Loser is so confusing because he is so loose with the truth.

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