In the midst of public outrage over Donald Trump’s comments to George Stephanopolous that he would absolutely be willing to take foreign “dirt” on his political rivals and that there is absolutely nothing wrong with that, even dsagreeing with his own FBI director that it would be a crime to do so, he appeared on Fox & Friends to try to clarify those remarks. In the process, he made it all infinitely worse.
On Wednesday, Trump said he would accept information from a foreign government on his opponents and wouldn't alert the FBI.
"Fox & Friends" co-host Brian Kilmeade called on the president to clarify these comments. https://t.co/MhwrbwNkH4
— HuffPost Politics (@HuffPostPol) June 13, 2019
After a few days of Fox News dismissing the admission of willingness to commit a crime by the president, even saying that the FBI wouldn’t do anything about it if it were reported, the hosts of Fox & Friends allowed Trump to ramble on and on about how unfair it is that anyone is making a big deal of his statements. Of course, he told them, he made it very clear during his Stephanopolous interview that he would “listen” to any foreign dirt on his opponents but would also turn it over to the FBI or the State Department if it were bad information. That isn’t the point, and he never said anything of the sort.
‘Of course you have to look at it [to] know if it’s bad…[but] if I thought anything was incorrect or badly stated I’d report to the FBI or law enforcement, absolutely…of course you give it to the FBI or report it to the attorney general.’
EXCLUSIVE: Pres. Trump tells @GStephanopoulos he wouldn't necessarily alert the FBI if approached by foreign figures with information on his 2020 opponent: "It’s not an interference. They have information. I think I’d take it." https://t.co/7gvoAViw9r pic.twitter.com/k5Yqd9YxdC
— Evan McMurry (@evanmcmurry) June 12, 2019
That’s not even close to what Trump said. He said that he would take the information and never once said that he’d turn anything over to law enforcement. If he’s trying to convince the American people that he wouldn’t use foreign information that was a lie, he thinks we’re all dumb enough to have forgotten the many, many untrue things he said about Hillary Clinton in 2016. If he’s trying to say he wouldn’t take any information that was illegally obtained by a foreign government and use it to benefit his campaign, he thinks we’ve all forgotten that he knew Wikileaks was releasing emails illegally hacked from DNC servers.
Wat he said to Stephanopolous, in no uncertain terms, was:
‘It’s not an interference. They have information. I think I’d take it.’
Trump, on Fox & Friends,: says "of course" you have to look at information from foreign power to "know if it's bad."
But adds "if I thought anything was incorrect or badly stated I'd report to the FBI or law enforcement, absolutely"
— Jonathan Lemire (@JonLemire) June 14, 2019
For the full remarks made by the president on Fox & Friends, see video below:
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