Trump Walks Back Comments on Offers of Foreign Dirt amid Bipartisan Criticism

What if foreign govts give dirt on 2020 rivals? 'I'd take it,' says Trump

What if foreign govts give dirt on 2020 rivals? 'I'd take it,' says Trump

He dodged out of a more specific question though, when host Brian Kilmeade presented him with a hypothetical situation of a world leader offering him damaging information on a political opponent in the course of a normal meeting or summit.

What did President Trump tell Fox?

Asked how he would respond to any offer from another government to help his campaign, Mr Trump said: "Of course, you give it to the Federal Bureau of Investigation or report it to the attorney general or somebody like that".

"Of course you'd do that. You couldn't have that happen with our country".

CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, when confronted with this parallel by pro-Trump commentator Rob Astorino, however, claimed there is no "proof" that Clinton ever paid for information from foreign sources.

"Of course you have to look at it because if you don't look at it you won't know it's bad", Trump said on "Fox and Friends" Friday morning.

What did he say earlier this week?

Those comments drew sharp criticism from Democratic lawmakers, who said Trump was giving Russian Federation a green light to interfere in the 2020 presidential election. "That means it was a setup, in my opinion, and I think it's going to come out".

We now know the President is open to hearing dirt on his opponents, gathered by a foreign country.

He's being hammered by Democrats, and even a few Republicans, for those remark. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. Graham said the president's response was "not the right answer".

Federal Election Commission chairwoman Ellen Weintraud released a statement on Thursday evening to underscore that foreign assistance is illegal in USA elections.

During Friday's lengthy interview, given on his 73rd birthday, the president dismissed calls from an ethics watchdog to fire top White House aide Kellyanne Conway. "The president tried to soften that a little bit today, but I'm not sure he cleaned it up on aisle four completely", he said.