Trump Faces Backlash Over Remark on Foreign Interference

Elias Hubbard
June 16, 2019

President Donald Trump on Friday sought to clarify his comments that he would accept dirt on election rivals from a foreign power, now saying he would "absolutely" report such an encounter to USA authorities.

The president still said he would "of course" look at the information in order to determine whether or not it was "incorrect".

"Of course, you have to look at it", Trump said during a birthday appearance on "Fox and Friends".

"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", Trump said during a phone interview with Fox News. Just what you'd expect an innocent person to say, basically.

That was a step back from his comments to ABC days earlier. Trump called his former counsel a liar.

"I think you're entitled to free speech in this country".

"They see things a little bit different from the past".

Asked if he knew if there were evidence of extraterrestrial life, Trump said "I think our great pilots would know". Trump's remarks suggested he still sees nothing wrong with a United States political candidate accepting help from a foreign power.

Mr Trump said: "If somebody called from a country, Norway, "we have information on your opponent" - oh, I think I'd want to hear it". "If you get an offer of material help from a foreign government, you call the Federal Bureau of Investigation". "There's nothing wrong with listening".

Special counsel Robert Mueller painstakingly documented Russian efforts to boost Trump's campaign and undermine that of his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton.

"I never told then White House Counsel Don McGahn to fire Robert Mueller, even though I had the legal right to do so", Trump said.

It also outlined 10 instances in which Trump tried to interfere with Mueller's investigation, but Mueller declined to make a judgment on whether that amounted to obstruction of justice. Pressed again, Trump denied ever having told McGahn to fire Mueller. "Robert Mueller had a total conflict of interest", the president said.

US President Donald Trump has admitted being briefed about military sightings of unidentified flying objects but does not particularly believe in them.

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