Trump tries to defend foreign dirt comments by noting he meets with world leaders all the time
President Trump is out with a defense of his foreign dirt comments, and it's a real doozy.
Trump took to Twitter on Thursday after coming under fire for saying in an interview with ABC that he would accept dirt on an election opponent offered by a foreign government and wouldn't necessarily alert the FBI.
Amid this firestorm, the president on Twitter suggested that taking dirt from a foreign government and holding meetings with heads of state are basically the same thing, sarcastically asking if he should call the FBI after meeting with Queen Elizabeth II or the Prince of Wales. Trump deleted and reposted the tweet after originally writing "Prince of Whales."
Trump also complained about his "full answer" not being played on the news while not explaining what context or nuance is supposedly missing. In the interview, George Stephanopoulos specifically asked Trump whether 2020 candidates should accept information on their opponents from foreign governments, and he said that "I think I'd take it" and would only "maybe" go to the FBI if he "thought there was something wrong" while defending this as not being "interference." ABC's Meridith McGraw noted on Twitter that the network "did not edit" his answer.