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.

Bob
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I think he was setting the Democrats up yesterday. He got all the head Dems to publicly state that anyone who had contact with a foreign person or government and didn’t report it or used any info obtained should be prosecuted. Now when the DOJ IG and the prosecutor looking into the basis of the Russian fiasco “reveal” those that did just that, Dems have already given their answer as to what should be done to them. Can’t wait for those reports to come out!

Phoenix
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Uh… that would make sense if it didn’t equally implicate his son who met with foreign people to get dirt on a political opponent.

Let’s be real – there is plenty of rules being broken across the board.

Paul
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Even though he actually got nothing resembling “dirt” on anyone. Hard to call it a crime when basically nothing happened.

Cherl
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So did he “get dirt on a political opponent “? Guess not. Besides Hillary &Co had enough without anyone’s help. Wonder when she will be prosecuted? Or are you just a one sided accuser?

Phoenix
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No, I’m not a one sided accuser. I’m waiting just as you are for a prosecution of Hilary. I’m not going to hold my breath, but not because i think she is innocent so much as people of means rarely get a serving of justice.

And just because the meeting wasn’t fruitful doesn’t mean they went to the meeting with a foreign person with the intention of getting dirt. That in itself is just as much a crime as working with Christians Steele.

Are you a one sided accuser or are you waiting patiently for prosecution of jr?

Tery Gohsman
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Clinton may not be innocent, but even as the most investigated politician yet, she isn’t prosecutable. Which means either 1. she didn’t do anything to be prosecuted for. 2. She got really lucky and what she did isn’t provable. and/or 3.She’s a whole lot smarter than Trump who provides proof of guilt nearly every time he opens his mouth.
Whichever it is isn’t relevant to the known fact that Trump is a criminal and is going to bring a lot of people down with him.

Joe Vaughn
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that’s hilarious considering America heard the countries worst cop (Comey) talk about how Obama’s attorney general told Comey to call Hillarys investigation a matter, not an investigation. so the Obama administration along with the DNC and MSM were all protecting her despite her clearly being guilty. so no she was not even smart enough to beat Trump who wooped all comers.

Alana
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Alana

His Son did not meet with Foreign Diplomats, there is a difference. For example, my cousin who lives in a foreign country could give me information, that is not illegal, think about it?

Phoenix
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If what Jr did was not illegal then what Clinton did was not illegal. Neither of them met with official foreign governments.

The President’s comments were odd because he was specifically saying he would take information from a foreign government about a political opponent and not alert the FBI – which is a felony.

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.

Paul
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Actually it is you who have a problem comprehending what he said, so he had to clarify for the simpletons.

Joe Vaughn
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we finally have a president who speaks the truth and everyone that’s a Democrat hate him for it. he’s not lieing when he says everyone does it. people that dislike him though would rather throw shade at him for being honest then think it’s refreshing to see a president this transparent. all of washington collects oppo research from other countries, everyone knows this and the FBI are more often then not left out of that loop. the DNC got oppo research from fusion GPS a known Russian spy research firm. Trump said before and recently that he would call the… Read more »

General Confusion
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“we finally have a president who speaks the truth” Joe V When did this miracle happen? King Donald The Loser is on record for telling well over 10,000 lies at an ever increasing rate. He tells so many lies that hasn’t got the time to tell the truth! Joe is confused. Also, don’t forget that the Steele report was bought and was not a contribution, it wasn’t a gift, and the fact is that any election campaign receiving a gift of any calue from foreign sources is a crime. You don’t want the president of the USA to be involved… Read more »

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