President Trump on Friday engaged in a bit of damage control after telling ABC News that he wouldn’t notify the FBI if a foreign government offered negative information on a political opponent.
Clarifying his remarks, Trump said that he would look at the information first, and if it was “bad” he would notify authorities.
“Of course you give it to the FBI or report it to the attorney general or somebody like that,” Trump said in a wide-ranging interview with Fox & Friends.
“First of all, I don’t think anyone would present me with anything bad because they know how much I love this country,” said Trump. “Number two, if I was, and of course you have to look at it because if you don’t look at it, you’re not going to know if it’s bad. How are you going to know it is bad?”
“I thought it was made clear. In fact, I actually said at the beginning that I’d do both,” said Trump
Trump initially said on Wednesday that it would be absurd to call the FBI instead of taking the foreign-sourced information, then later in the same interview said “I think maybe you do both,” adding “I think you might want to listen, there isn’t anything wrong with listening.”
“Someone comes up and says, ‘Hey, I have information on your opponent.’ You call the FBI? Give me a break. Life doesn’t work like that,” said Trump.
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Author: Tyler Durden