Donald Trump has said he would be open to accepting damaging information on a 2020 election opponent from another country and would feel no obligation to inform the FBI ??? later attempting to justify his stance with a tweet about overseas dignitaries that referred to the heir to the British throne as the ???Prince of Whales???.
Trump told ABC News on Wednesday: ???I think you might want to listen, there isn???t anything wrong with listening, f somebody called from a country, Norway, [and said] ???we have information on your opponent??? oh, I think I???d want to hear it.???
Russia meddled in the 2016 US presidential election with the aim of helping elect Trump, according to an investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller. In June 2016, Donald Trump Jr, Trump???s eldest son, met a Russian lawyer who offered ???dirt??? on Hillary Clinton.
Mueller???s report did not conclude there was a criminal conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Russians, although there were contacts and Trump did publicly call for Russia to hack into information that would compromise Clinton.
Asked if he would accept information from a country such as Russia or China or, instead, call in the FBI, Trump said: ???I think maybe you do both.???
He went on: ???It???s not an interference, they have information ??? I think I???d take it. If I thought there was something wrong, I???d go maybe to the FBI??? but when somebody comes up with ???oppo research???, right, they come up with oppo research, ???Oh, let???s call the FBI.???
???The FBI doesn???t have enough agents to take care of it. When you go and talk, honestly, to congressman, they all do it, they always have, and that???s the way it is. It???s called oppo research.???
With a crucial mis-spelling, Trump on Thursday morning then posted a pair of tweets, the first saying: ???I meet and talk to ???foreign governments??? every day. I just met with the Queen of England (U.K.), the Prince of Whales, the P.M. of the United Kingdom, the P.M. of Ireland, the President of France and the President of Poland. We talked about ???Everything!??? Should I immediately.....???
Moments later, the tweet was taken down and replaced with one with the correct spelling of Prince Charles???s title.
But his message continued with a tweet saying: ???...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.???
Meanwhile, Christopher Wray, the director of the FBI, told Congress last month that the agency would want to know about any election meddling by a foreign power. But these comments were dismissed by Trump when put to him by his interviewer, ABC anchor George Stephanopoulos.