‘There’s nothing wrong with listening’

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Donald Trump has said he would listen if foreign powers offered him damaging information about a political rival, saying he might not call the FBI.

Two months after the publication of Robert Mueller’s report into Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 election, a report that detailed numerous interactions between Russians and members of the president’s circle, Mr Trump said he would look at information provided on his 2020 rivals.

“I think maybe you do both,” he said, asked if he would call the FBI or accept the material.

“I think you might want to listen, there isn’t anything wrong with listening,” He added: “If somebody called from a country, Norway, [and said] ‘we have information on your opponent’ – oh, I think I’d want to hear it.”

Speaking to ABC News on a day his eldest son testified behind closed doors on Capitol Hill about the new infamous Trump Tower meeting between members of the president’s campaign and a Kremlin-linked lawyer, the president suggested being handed such information did not amount to electoral interference.

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