Tuesday 16 July 2019

Trump does U-turn on reporting interference

Donald Trump (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Donald Trump (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Makini Brice

US President Donald Trump has reversed course over whether he would report any foreign interference in a political campaign to US law enforcement, telling Fox News he would, "of course" contact authorities.

In an interview with ABC News earlier this week, Mr Trump had said he would accept assistance from a foreign entity looking to interfere in US politics, saying there was "nothing wrong" with it.

He also told ABC he disagreed with FBI director Christopher Wray's position that political campaigns should report suspicious communications from foreign governments.

But Trump told Fox yesterday: "Of course, you have to look at it... but of course, you give it to the FBI or report it to the attorney general or somebody like that.

"You couldn't have that happen with our country, and everybody understands that."

Mr Trump's son Donald Trump Jr was questioned by a US Senate committee in a closed session on Wednesday about a June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower in New York, in which a Russian lawyer had offered damaging information on Hillary Clinton, Mr Trump's Democratic opponent in the 2016 presidential election.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller looked into that meeting as part of his investigation.

Irish Independent

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