The Trump campaign says it will handle potential offers from foreign entities regarding dirt on political opponents on a “case by case” basis.
The Trump campaign’s national press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, made the remarks during an interview with CBS on Thursday.
McEnany clarified the campaign will follow the president’s lead saying, “The president’s directive, as he said, [it’s] a case by case basis. He said he would likely do both: Listen to what they have to say, but also report it to the FBI.”
McEnany’s remarks come shortly after President Trump received backlash from Democrats over remarks he made in an ABC interview which aired the previous day.
President Trump mentioned he would be open to accepting dirt from a foreign entity regarding a political adversary.
The president went on to say, “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.”
The president also clarified his remarks during a Fox News interview on Friday suggesting the Democrats should be under fire for spying on his campaign during the 2016 election cycle.
President Trump continued by saying, “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 … of course you give it to the FBI or report it to the attorney general or somebody like that. But of course you’d do that, you couldn’t have that happen with our country.”
….call the FBI about these calls and meetings? How ridiculous! I would never be trusted again. With that being said, my full answer is rarely played by the Fake News Media. They purposely leave out the part that matters.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 13, 2019
Meanwhile, the president also took to twitter to clarify his intent on Thursday saying he interacts with foreign governments every day and calling the FBI to discuss all details of the correspondence is not necessary.
He went on to slam the “Fake News Media” for their role in perpetrating false narratives to advance their own leftist agendas.