President Trump says he may be willing to listen to a foreign entity if it approached him with dirt on a political adversary, sending the Democrats into a downward spiral.
The president made the remarks during an ABC interview which aired Wednesday, saying, “I think I’d want to hear it… I think you might want to listen, there isn’t anything wrong with listening.”
President Trump continued by saying he wouldn’t necessarily go straight to the FBI if the scenario came into fruition, but he didn’t completely rule it out either.
He added, “I’ll tell you what, 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, you do whatever you do.”
He added he may call the FBI and listen to the dirt if a foreign power called with information.
The president reiterated there is “nothing wrong with listening,” and did not indicate such situation would constitute “interference.”
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/yWRxMOaFqW pic.twitter.com/qwLw53s5yc
— ABC News (@ABC) June 12, 2019
Despite Democratic backlash, many have supported the president in his stance suggesting the scenario, hypothetically, could be considered basic opposition research.
Various Democrats took to twitter expressing their outrage, including 2020 presidential candidates Eric Swalwell and Kirsten Gillibrand.
Swalwell slammed the president’s remarks saying he would “never take dirt from a foreign adversary” even if the information allowed to prevail in the next presidential election.