In a Wednesday interview with ABC News, President Donald Trump stood up for his son, Don Jr., and said he would consider taking information on a political opponent from a foreign nation in 2020.
ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos asked Trump in the Oval Office about Don Jr. testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee about a now infamous June 16 2016 meeting he had at Trump Tower with a Russian lawyer.
After Stephanopoulos said Don Jr. is not being charged with anything, the president interjected and said, “By the way, not only wasn’t he charged, if you read it, with all of the horrible fake news — I mean, I was reading that my son was going to go jail — this is a good young man — that he was going to go to jail,” Trump said.
He added, “And then the report comes out, and they didn’t even say, they hardly talked about him.”
Asked then whether his son should have gone to the FBI with the information that he was being offered foreign information on Hillary Clinton, Trump shrugged the suggestion away and said his son acted as any normal person would.
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“Ok. Let’s put yourself in a position. You’re a congressman. Somebody comes up and says, ‘hey, I have information on your opponent.’ Do you call the FBI?” said Trump.
He continued, “I’ve seen a lot of things over my life. I don’t think in my whole life I’ve ever called the FBI. In my whole life. You don’t call the FBI. You throw somebody out of your office.”
Stephanopoulos argued that Al Gore contacted the FBI after having a briefing book stolen, but the president rightly said that is a completely different situation.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Why does [polling showing you behind] bother you so much?
TRUMP: Because it’s untrue. I like the truth. You know, I’m actually a very honest guy. pic.twitter.com/wqNUE8e82W
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“This is somebody that said, we have information on your opponent. ‘Oh. Let me call the FBI.’ Give me a break. Life doesn’t work that way,” Trump said.
Then asked whether his 2020 campaign would listen to information provided by a foreign power or report the incident to the FBI, Trump replied, “I think maybe you do both.”
He continued, “I think you might want to listen. There’s nothing wrong with listening. If somebody called from a country — Norway — ‘we have information on your opponent.’ Oh. I think I would want to hear it.”
The president was also asked about polling data showing him behind for the 2020 election — not that those political polls have ever been true representations anyway.
“Why does [polling showing you behind] bother you so much?” asked Stephanopoulos.
Trump replied, “Because it’s untrue. I like the truth.”
The truth was exactly what was given in this interview. The president once again gave a dose of reality to the swamp that is current politics. Dems can comb through him, his administration and his family for as long as they want, they won’t find anything and that is why this obsession with the 2016 election is so nerve-racking to people who would rather see Congress focusing some time on working with the president to pass actual legislation.
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