Trump's foreign help comment 'not the right answer': Graham

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Published on June 13, 2019 - Duration: 00:59s

Trump's foreign help comment 'not the right answer': Graham

Republican Senators Lindsey Graham and John Kennedy on Thursday reacted to President Trump's comments during an ABC interview about accepting a foreign government's help in the 2020 U.S. presidential race and said that public officials should say no and call the FBI.

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Trump's foreign help comment 'not the right answer': Graham

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Republican Senators Lindsey Graham and John Kennedy on Thursday reacted to President Trump's comments during an ABC interview about accepting a foreign government's help in the 2020 U.S. presidential race and said that public officials should say no and call the FBI.

"That's not the right answer," said, Senator Lindsey Graham, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and one of Trump's closest Congress.

Graham also accused Democrats of having accepted damaging information from foreign nationals on political opponents and said any public official contacted by a foreign government with an offer of help to their campaign should reject the offer and inform the FBI.

Democratic lawmakers and a senior Republican on Thursday condemned Donald Trump for saying he would accept a foreign government's help in the 2020 U.S. presidential race as the president dug in and said it would be "ridiculous" to report his foreign contacts to the FBI.

In a ABC television interview aired on Wednesday, Trump said he would listen if a foreign government or person offered damaging information about political opponents as he seeks re-election.

"I think you might want to listen, there isn't anything wrong with listening," Trump said.

"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 - if I thought there was something wrong." Trump's comments came less than three months after Special Counsel Robert Mueller submitted a report that found Russia waged a hacking and influence campaign to help Trump defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.

Trump's remarks to ABC drew outrage from Democratic lawmakers and presidential candidates seeking to challenge Trump in 2020, as well as one of Trump's leading Republican allies.

"What the president said last night shows clearly, once again, over and over again, that he does not know the difference between right and wrong," said U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the top Democrat in Congress.

"There is no sense ... any ethical sense that informs his comments and his thinking." The remarks prompted some Democratic presidential candidates to renew their call to impeach the president.

However, Pelosi said Trump's comments did not change Democratic leaders' plan to move forward with investigating Trump and his administration before any formal impeachment proceedings.

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