President Trump has gone 72 years without ever calling the FBI, and he doesn't plan on picking up the phone any time soon.
During an interview with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos, Trump was asked about his son Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with Russian officials in June 2016 at Trump Tower. Trump Jr. accepted their overture after being promised damaging information on his father's opponent, Hillary Clinton, and Stephanopoulos asked Trump if this should have been shared with the FBI.
"Somebody comes up and says, 'Hey, I have information on your opponent,' do you call the FBI?" Trump said. "I'll tell you what, I've seen a lot of things over my life. I don't think in my whole life I've ever called the FBI. In my whole life. You don't call the FBI. You throw somebody out of your office, you do whatever you do. Oh, give me a break — life doesn't work that way."
Stephanopoulos pointed out that FBI Director Christopher Wray told Congress last month that the "FBI would want to know about" foreign election meddling. "The FBI director is wrong, because frankly it doesn't happen like that in life," Trump replied. "Now maybe it will start happening, maybe today you'd think differently." Catherine Garcia
Trump commented on the bombs that were sent to several prominent Democrats, including former President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, and CNN, and said that those "engaged in the political arena" must "stop treating political opponents as being morally defective." In recent days, Trump has said Democrats "produce mobs" and praised Montana Rep. Greg Gianforte (R) for body slamming a reporter.
People need to quit comparing "political opponents to historical villains," Trump continued, and "we should not mob people in public spaces or destroy public property." The media, he said, also "has a responsibility to set a civil tone and to stop the endless hostility and constant negative and oftentimes false attacks and stories." Trump went to Wisconsin to stump for Republican Senate candidate Leah Vukmir, and called the incumbent, Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin, a "radical, far-left opponent." He stopped before he said anything meaner, he told the crowd, because he's "trying to be nice." Catherine Garcia