President Trump said on Wednesday that he would be open to accepting information on political opponents from a foreign government during the 2020 election.
During an interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos, Trump was asked if he would take information from a foreign country such as Russia or China if it was offered or turn it over to the FBI.
“I think you might want to listen,” Trump said. “There’s nothing wrong with listening. If somebody called from a country —- Norway — [and said] ‘We have information on your opponent,’ oh, I think I’d want to hear it.”
“I’ve seen a lot of things over my life. I don’t think in my whole life I’ve ever called the FBI,” he added.
Stephanopoulos told Trump the FBI director has said information like that should be turned over to the bureau.
“The FBI director is wrong,” Trump responded.
Stephanopoulos then asked Trump if he wanted that kind of foreign interference in American elections.
“It’s not an interference,” Trump said. “They have information. I think I’d take it. If I thought there was something wrong, I’d go maybe to the FBI, if I thought there was something wrong.”
He went on to defend his statement by claiming the FBI doesn’t have enough agents to investigate “oppo research” and accepting dirt on opponents is commonplace in politics.
“But you go and talk honestly to congressmen, they all do it, they always have,” Trump said. “That’s the way it is.”