Trump said he would listen to political 'dirt' from foreign countries. Here's how people reacted

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  • taking a stand for truth Lehi, UT
    June 17, 2019 12:45 p.m.

    This has been completely taken out of context and misrepresented. What he said and what the media reports are quite different.

    Also, the selective moral indignity of the Dems on this is so disingenuous. President Trump was presented with a "what if" query. And he rightly said that, if the situation was serious, he would share it with federal authorities to investigate.

    On the other hand, where is the Dem outrage over the real-life situation where a candidate (Hillary Clinton) and the DNC channeled monies to fund a dirty Russian dossier? Why are they not complaining about that real scenario? Real dirt... and not only welcomed but sought with millions of dollars to dig up a dirty though fictitous story.

  • Karen R. Houston, TX
    June 16, 2019 10:20 a.m.

    @ Sanefan

    "So if there is 'dirt' on an opponent, it means they are 'dirty'; they have done something very wrong, immoral, maybe illegal."

    Don't worry. Just because the dirt in the Steele dossier that Russia was conspiring to interfere in our election and in favor of Trump turned out to be true doesn't mean the rest of the stuff about Trump is. It's just uncorroborated intel. Even Steele gives the most salacious stuff about a 50/50 chance of being true.

    So don't fret. It ISN'T the case that the existence of dirt means that it's true. And when the source is someone we know may want to mess with us, there's even more reason to reject it and let the FBI know, right? Otherwise it could look like we were putting self before country and/or worse, aiding an adversary's efforts to harm our country. Not good, eh?

  • jeclar2006 Oceanside, CA
    June 15, 2019 6:35 p.m.

    n8ive american - Shelley, Idaho
    Liberals, when you hold your own politicians to the same standard that you set for ours, then we'll talk.

    Over the past nearly 30 years that the Clintons have been on the national political stage, there have been innumerable investigations, innumerable claims of wrong doing.

    Bill Clinton had a continuing investigation by Robert Ray in regard to the Whitewater affair, and Ken Starr had such a far ranging field of inquiry in which the Monica Lewinsky affair came to light. That affair had absolutely nothing to do with Whitewater in the least, which was Ken Starr's original investigation subject, among others.

    With the threat of indictment and some number of months of negotiations, Robert Ray obtained an admission from Bill Clinton of lying, had his Attorney's license suspended.

    The Whitewater investigation spanned 6 years, and cost $64M.

    Trump is whining about a two year investigation, which led to no actual charges against him personally as yet.

    I'll also point out that the Whitewater scandal had nothing to do with Bill Clinton's actions as President, but rather involved his private business investments and the failure of the project.

  • skeptic Phoenix, AZ
    June 15, 2019 9:43 a.m.

    As sad as Trump's presidency maybe; it is teaching America a lesson of how corrupt and incompetent America's government has become and how America's politicians are self serving party loyalist lacking the backbone, smarts or patriotism to serve in their elected positions. America has to find an alternative to our spoiled two party system of Tweedledee and Tweedledum. Perhaps a parliamentary system, Americ's democracy is proving incapable of bringing the best people into office. Even a classified lottery draft would produce better results at a fraction of the cost.

  • unrepentant progressive Bozeman, MT
    June 15, 2019 6:07 a.m.

    You can really tell Trump supporters are reaching in thin air to defend the indefensible with the following claims, assertions and conspiracy notions:

    "Stephanopoulos, who had worked on Hillary's campaign team"

    Two things. First of all that assertion is not truthful, sad (but predictable) to resort to that. Second of all, the President said what he said. Does it matter who asked the question?

    "when you hold your own politicians to the same standard "

    Using that logic, I guess it will be okay for Democrats to coordinate with, accept propaganda from or otherwise utilize the resources of foreign governments. Right? Not only that, but a gropper, serial liar, self-serving and generally immoral Democrat is acceptable? Come on that kind of challenge is a ridiculous hypothetical.

    "as being complicit in this giant conspiracy" (said of the presumed results of AG Barr's witch hunt)

    Pedaling conspiracy theories, especially this one, begs disbelieve. Such a conspiracy, involving that many people is not only far fetched, but also just plan Tin Foil Hat Club malarkey.

    Trumpworld lives in a universe of its own making, with its own rules, logic and truth. Sad, truly sad.

  • Sanefan Wellsville, UT
    June 15, 2019 3:18 a.m.

    So if there is “dirt” on an opponent, it means they are “dirty”; they have done something very wrong, immoral, maybe illegal. Who cares where knowledge of it comes from, it needs to be exposed. That is the narrative the Dem/libs have advanced for 2 years. Now they are outraged. Too funny.

  • poyman Draper, UT
    June 14, 2019 11:02 p.m.

    Fortunately we live in a state with objective voters who have the ability to see through the Media and the Democratic smoke that they continue to emit today.

    The IG and the Special Prosecutors assigned to sort through the dishonest dealings of the Democrats and the DOJ under the Obama Administration's watch will become public knowledge in the next few weeks... Today we are seeing their diverting attempts, but that will dissipate as the reports are released and I predict we will see panic speed spinning on the information that will surface. While it will be interesting, it will also be sad to observe. I predict that we will see things come to light that will make us shake our heads in disbelief and disappointment.

  • 1covey Salt Lake City, UT
    June 14, 2019 4:01 p.m.

    The article did not give a full account of the interview by ABC's Stephanopoulos, who had worked on Hillary's campaign team. A careful reading of the interview would disclose intentional irony on the part of President Trump, since all that kind of dirt against Trump was obtained in the fashion being decried. And against Trump, it wasn't only listening, it was acting in a conspiratorial manner. There was malfeasance on the part of Obama's administration to not warn Trump about intelligences report of possible Russian meddling. But there is simply no evidence of collusion by Trump. Mueller and his team of Democratic supporters found none. Volume 2 of the report shows how ticked they were with this result.Btw, even if GPS is a US company, they did contract with a foreign national who received his information from Russian sources and this information was requested and paid for by Clinton's DNC. The Democrats own all of that hanky-panky.

  • n8ive american Shelley, Idaho
    June 14, 2019 3:47 p.m.

    Liberals, when you hold your own politicians to the same standard that you set for ours, then we'll talk.

  • 1Foryourconsideration Salt Lake City, UT
    June 14, 2019 2:46 p.m.

    When the Clinton Foundation officials, Ohr - both Mr. and Mrs., Strozk, Page, Comey, McCabe, Brennan, Clapper, the FBI attorneys who faked the FISA application, and countless others which will be exposed during the upcoming investigation by AG Barr as being complicit in this giant conspiracy are held accountable under the law then I would begin to take issue with the POTUS' speculation about foreign sourced "dirt" and it's deployment.
    For anyone connected to the Federal Government - especially in positions of responsibility such as Congress-member- to take umbrage with Mr. Trump's comments is industrial strength hypocrisy, on steroids.

  • CFN , 00
    June 14, 2019 1:41 p.m.

    A quote - "A liberal...someone who looks ahead and not behind. someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people - their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights, and other civil liberties - someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad, if that is what they mean by a "Liberal", then I'm proud to say I'm a"Lliberal"...John F Kennedy .
    I would like to hear what he would have said about the current state of politics and our freedom.

  • jeclar2006 Oceanside, CA
    June 14, 2019 1:12 p.m.

    n8ive american - Shelley, Idaho
    June 13, 2019 9:35 p.m.
    @Golden Rules - Okay, OK
    So, you're ok with Hillary and Obama colluding with foreigners to win an election?

    If you are referring to the Peele document, there are significant differences between what the DNC did with that, and what has been alleged in regard to the Trump Campaign.

    The basic law that is at issue is Campaign Funding, and it is illegal for a foreign national to contribute money or other things of value to a US Federal (perhaps also state) Campaign.

    Receiving information which which the campaign did not pay, is a form of donation. Hence a foreign national giving dirt for free, is a donation to the Campaign.

    That is what is at issue here.

    Requesting, communicating in some way that one would be receptive to such an illegal donation, is in fact, a 'conspiracy to commit a crime'. Or, listening to information, and then using that into one's campaign, is taking an illegal donation.

    The candidate, as head of his campaign organization, should take all measures possible to make sure no one in the campaign, has contact with foreigners with the potential for donation, whether monetary or things of value.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    June 14, 2019 12:46 p.m.

    Every US senator and congressman who visits overseas discusses opposition research or "dirt" against their opponent. Why is this even a story??

  • n8ive american Shelley, Idaho
    June 14, 2019 12:08 p.m.

    @WallE - Walla Walla, WA
    June 14, 2019 8:29 a.m.
    "In the Muller Report Don Jr got off of a collusion charge because he was ignorant of what constituted collusion"

    And yet so many still defend Hillary for her " ignorance".

    I believe there's a story in the Bible about a mote and a beam?
    The left refuse to see the beam in their own eyes.

    Typical hypocrites.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    June 14, 2019 10:33 a.m.

    When our President and his cabinet not only breaks the law on a regular basis but flaunts it as well, our country is in unchartered waters. The sad thing is not only that our President is a felon and he has staunch supporters but our Congress has abdicated their responsibility to hold him accountable as clearly laid out in the constitution. Meanwhile, our country is spending a trillion dollars more a year than budgeted, our allies have turned our backs on our leadership, dictators, tyrants and despots have their backs covered by our President. What happened to our country?

  • patrioticAMERICAN South Jordan, UT
    June 14, 2019 10:09 a.m.

    Frankly, the best post on here was @Freiheit's comment abt the Prince of Whales, the humor of which I fear was lost to many Trumplicans.

    @Mc: "Conservatives are not (banned word)...In the media's zeal to report everything about Trump in a critical way, they are helping him win again, because we can see through it. I didn't vote for Trump in 2016, but I will in 2020."

    Right--because the media criticizing a pres. for the following, is an intelligent reason for wanting to re-elect him in the future:
    *Refusing to condemn torch-bearing marchers in Charlottesville
    *Lying abt helping Don Jr. make up a false statement reg. the Trump Tower mtg w/Russians.
    *Separating immigrant babies from parents & locking them up in cages.
    *Siding w/Putin against U.S. intelligence agencies in front of the whole world
    *Saying you've "fallen in love" w/one of the most brutal dictators on the planet (Kim) simply because he wrote "beautiful" flattering letters to you, betraying Warmbier's family, & again, siding w/Kim over U.S. intelligence agencies
    *Mocking a woman who survived abuse, a disabled reporter, & a POW survivor
    *10,000+ lies

    You've certainly convinced me it's smart to vote for Trump!

  • Liberal Mormon Salt Lake City, UT
    June 14, 2019 9:40 a.m.

    The defenses on this thread are treasonous. Who knew so many people who profess to love this country, had such a profound conflation between country and political party?

  • cityboy Farmington, UT
    June 14, 2019 9:37 a.m.

    @mohokat & Copybook Headings,
    “But it's OK for the Clinton campaign to buy dirt (provided by the Russians) from Fusion GPS; a British entity.”

    You should both do a little investigation from sources other than Fox News. If you did, you would known that Fusion GPS is a US company based in DC founded by former journalists from the Wall Street Journal. It started investigating Trump in 2015 at the behest of conservative interests who were investigating Trump’s association with Russia. When Trump secured the nomination the effort was stopped by the Republicans but was picked up by the DNC.

    Fusion GPS hired Steele, a former British intelligence guy, months after the DNC contract started. The Clinton campaign did not hire a foreign agent and there is no evidence that it even knew Steele.

    Opposition research is a given in any political campaign — at every level. Politics is dirty business. But to equate Clinton contracting with a US company for opposition research on an opponent with Trump overtly stating he would accept “dirt” on an opponent from an enemy country and in violation of US law, is absurd. This is not semantics.

    Make America great again and get this charlatan out.

  • ConservativeCommonTater Salt Lake City, UT
    June 14, 2019 9:35 a.m.

    Butch wax - , 00

    "This is probably the thing I like most about President Trump, right or wrong he will give you an answer.

    Trump doesn't give "answers." He gives "responses" and then says he never said what he said. Enjoy being lead by Putin.

    Mike Richards - South Jordan, UT

    They (DEMS) pretend that the FBI acted properly and that the CIA acted properly and that the Media acted properly.

    It was REPUBLICANS that investigated Hillary and found nothing And you're blaming Dems?

    Party First!!!

    "The horror is that half of America still trusts the Media." Like Faux, Breitbart, Glenn Beck, etc? Yeah, it is a horror. Truth never gets in the way of what Republicans say.

    RiDal - Sandy, UT

    "The Democrats are going to have to get over their mock outrage and recognize that Trump won because we are all tired of the slide into socialism."

    Says someone that doesn't even know what "socialism" is because Rush and Hannity never explained it to you. Dog whistle word .

    Abbaton - Sandy, UT

    "the Prince of Whales?"

    well Trump has been know to follow tails and tell big tales. But, "whales?"

    Of course not, we wouldn't want the FBI to know about Trump's treasonous activities.

    June 14, 2019 9:28 a.m.

    It's terrifying that so many people have bought the narrative that hiring Fusion GPS to conduct oppo research is the same as accepting aid from a hostile foreign government to win an election. You guys have got to stop believing every little thing you hear Sean Hannity say: he's a liar and a hypocrite.

  • xert Santa Monica, CA
    June 14, 2019 9:22 a.m.

    He has now backtracked and said that he would report any dirt he received from foreign entities. Still, ask a Trump supporter and they'll tell you he shouldn't be bound by having to do that because he's so very smart and our economy is soaring and all Americans are raking in big bucks. By the time it's time for his supporters to vote for him again, they will probably be convinced that he is a God fearing, genius who always behaves like a gentleman and is an excellent role model for the grand kiddies, that Trump steaks are simply scrum-diddly-umptious and that Trump U's football team could beat Bama is they were only given a chance.

  • Out of the Blue Layton, UT
    June 14, 2019 9:14 a.m.

    Are the Democrats doing it? Probably. I wasn't a Democrat in 2016. Now I am not a republican. Is Trump being honest (and now in a way draining the swamp?) Yup. But I don't have to like that he is bathing in it.

  • pwlohse Dueren, 00
    June 14, 2019 9:13 a.m.

    You hand the information over to the FBI and let them analyze it. Accepting information from a foreign entity is forbidden by US law. Please do not look at this issue from a party political perspective. You will change your mind as soon as the other side wins due to foreign influence. You would also be inviting the election of a Manchurian candidate. The USA should not go down that very dark path. In the end everyone will regret it, albeit too late.

  • Marigold Provo, UT
    June 14, 2019 9:03 a.m.

    I don't believe it is against the law to "listen." It is against the law to unleash one's government assets to target a political opponent when one is at the helm of the government. I love President Trump's candor. He also has his political opponents in a corner of their own making: express outrage at the President's candor while your own people PAY for opposition research...I could go on, but, someday, the truth will prevail. Stay tuned.

  • patrioticAMERICAN South Jordan, UT
    June 14, 2019 9:02 a.m.

    @Kay: "My biggest fear is that because people won’t read the Mueller Report for themselves they will believe the lies that Trump & his merry band of spineless Yes men put out there."

    Trumplicans can't afford to read the Mueller report--after all, Trump says it's an illegal "witch hunt" & an "attempted coup" conducted by "treasonous" people just out to bring him down. Trump told them months ago not to believe "what you are hearing & what you are reading" (unless it comes directly from him or Fox News, of course). And when the "Golden Child" speaks, his fans must listen & obey. If the report has anything neg. & damming to say abt the pres., they don't want to hear it.

    After all, Trump claims he has the "absolute right" to do just abt anything he wants, & now that he's got an AG willing to do his bidding, a DO J policy that says he can't be charged while pres., a Dem House that sees impeachment as a political win for Repubs, & a Repub Senate that is terrified to go against the leader of their personality-cult constituency--it appears that Trump can get away w/just abt anything he wants, just like he has his whole life--from "bone spurs" to not paying contractors to grabbing women.

  • bamafone Salem, UT
    June 14, 2019 8:44 a.m.

    There has never been a candidate that didn’t and wouldn’t listen to dirt on their opponents, nor will there be. The difference is Hillary paid for hers lol.

  • WallE Walla Walla, WA
    June 14, 2019 8:29 a.m.

    In the Muller Report Don Jr got off of a collusion charge because he was ignorant of what constituted collusion. The best argument for the Trump 2015-2016 campaign against collusion is that they weren't organized enough to collude with anyone. I don't think they understood the link between Russian ban on adoptions and the sanctions of 2012.

    Bottom line is that the President is the highest Executive Officer of this Great Nation. He famously said he could shoot someone on New Yorks 5th Avenue and get away with it. He's now said he would take valuable information from a foreign Government "for free" in violation of our laws. In reality nothing is "free" and I think we've seen this in the President's deferential treatment to Putin. This should scare us all.

    Generally I believe Trump supporters are good hard working people, but are troubled over the lack of economic progress in the heart land. But if they think things will get better if we ignore the laws that keep us stable, that is wrong. America isn't Great if our laws are applied like they are in Venezuela.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    June 14, 2019 8:16 a.m.

    Generally I've been a Trump supporter, in large part because he has been great for the economy.

    However now, it's clear that Biden needs to be our next president. Under him, cancer will be eliminated.

    As important as the economy is, this has to take precedence.

  • swartzy1 Weatherford, TX
    June 14, 2019 7:40 a.m.

    In the article the only ones quoted were Trumps enemies. CNN people oh come on, if he had exhaled and didn't speak they would say he was hiding something. Pelosi is under fire to get rid of the President. You didn't get any of the GOP leaders and how they feel. I listened, unlike most of those who criticized him, and he said he would most likely look at it and if there was anything bad he would report it to the FBI, and sadly some of the top FBI people were Trumps worst enemies. We have a mess with some of the top people and who do you trust right now. It needs to be cleaned out The democratic party and most of the top "news" people are still aghast that Hillary didn't win, and they won't give up until Trump is out of office. I wonder what all of them are going to do when he is re elected again in 2020. I will be voting for him again, because I don't want to live in a Socialist country and that seems to be where the Leftists are trying to carry us. The Left has no real leaders to take us any where, just fanatics who want to tear us apart. What a sad sad situation. Trump will not sell himself , he is smarter than that, but he will try and make all his foes go crazy

  • mohokat , 00
    June 14, 2019 7:37 a.m.

    Bottom line. As divulged by the Mueller report the Republican Candidate did not collude with foreigners during the 2016 election although the Republican candidate was approached by foreigners to do so.

    The democratic candidate not only colluded with foreigners but paid foreigners to collude.

    Where was the outrage then. Hypocrisy in its fullness.

  • tsobserver Mapleton, UT
    June 14, 2019 7:26 a.m.

    Not a single politician, except Trump, would admit that they would take the dirt from foreigners, but in reality they all would. It's funny how Trump gets hammered for his proclivity to invent his own facts, but when he tells the truth, he gets hammered even harder. What a country!

  • RedShirtMIT Cambridge, MA
    June 14, 2019 7:16 a.m.

    To "pwlohse" you are reading WAY too much into it. Imagine if Canada gave a Presidential Candidate information that was obtained legally in Canada that showed that the opposition candidate was involved in illegal activities. Wouldn't you want that information to be spread and known before the election?

    Since when is it a crime to have people give you information?

  • Den Den West Jordan, UT
    June 14, 2019 7:12 a.m.

    At least he was upfront with it.

    While others did the dirty, underhanded and sneaky scandal that may put some in jail for their part.

  • Mc West Jordan, UT
    June 14, 2019 7:10 a.m.

    "Trump is like an athlete who looks upon the rule book not as a guide to proper play, but as a bunch of suggestions that can be ignored. It comes down to a matter of respect for the way we Americans practice democracy."

    Remove "Trump" and substitute the DNC and the media. That would be the truth.

    Trump actually doesn't need the help of foreign governments. As in 2016 the media outrage at everything Trump says or does gives him more support and is free campaign advertising for him. They still haven't figured out that the more they criticize and make fun of him the more popular he is, especially now that we have experienced some great policy changes from the Obama era.

    When I see good policies that once had bipartisan support, now rejected by democrats because Trump proposed it (border wall), I see that they have a vendetta against him. Conservatives are not dumb. We can figure this out. In the media's zeal to report everything about Trump in a critical way, they are helping him win again, because we can see through it.

    I didn't vote for Trump in 2016, but I will in 2020.

  • fani wj, UT
    June 14, 2019 6:57 a.m.

    The tin foil liberals are at it again with fake outrage. Trump was responding to a hypothetical question but Hillary and the dems actually bought and paid a fake dossier created by foreign spies with ties to the Russians to influence the 2016 election. Everything the dems accused Trump of, they themselves are guilty! What a group hypocrites

  • Freiheit Salt Lake City, UT
    June 14, 2019 6:40 a.m.

    Trump makes a good point. It's important to talk to the "Prince of Whales." You never know what important information those whales might have.

  • Karen R. Houston, TX
    June 14, 2019 5:34 a.m.

    @ Astoria Jim

    "Trump is like an athlete who looks upon the rule book not as a guide to proper play, but as a bunch of suggestions that can be ignored."

    I think he looks upon the rule book as a guide to the ethical limitations others place on themselves and then uses those limitations to his advantage. Because he doesn't feel bound by them and sees those who do as "losers." MAGA!

  • Kay Hunt Celebration, FL
    June 14, 2019 5:26 a.m.

    I’m so disappointed in the answers I’m reading here. It appears an overwhelming number of people think that breaking the law is ok. People it is against law to take information from a foreign source for the purpose of gain if you are in the government.
    Why are the GOP ok with foreign interference?
    The Hillary comparison is stupid. The dossier is not the same. The DNC hired an American firm. They didn’t use it. It didn’t come out until TMZ made it public. The FBI was given the information because it was so hot.
    My biggest fear is that because people won’t read the Mueller Report for themselves they will believe the lies that Trump and his merry band of spineless Yes men put out there.
    Wake up people!! What happened to the the GOP of my early years? It’s become the party of Trumps lies and despots. So sad.

  • unrepentant progressive Bozeman, MT
    June 14, 2019 5:19 a.m.

    It is hard to believe that most Trump defenders don't care one whit if the President is compromised with his Russian contacts. Or that the President used stolen goods to win election. Or even took advantage of Russian propaganda to win his office. None of that, which is both admitted and proven matters.

    Rather, Trump fans love the fact that he puts "liberals" and "the media" into a frenzy of righteous indignation, seems their only joy in this, yet another, example of Trump's true temperament.

    It is a truly scary time for our democratic republic. It would appear that 40% +/- of the population care only for a person/party and nothing for the country. Yet these same people wrap themselves in the flag and call "the media" and "liberals" unpatriotic while being completely comfortable with the President taking clues and assistance from foreign countries. Not only foreign but also our global enemies.

  • PSearing Provo, UT
    June 14, 2019 2:35 a.m.

    This whole “story” is nothing more than the latest grasp-at-straws attempt by the leftists and lame-stream media in DC (and their RINO sympathizers) to remove Pres. Trump from office. This has been going on since 2016, and I have never witnessed such a collective temper tantrum in my life! Stop whining already, and move on! You’re just wasting all of our time!!

  • procuradorfiscal Tooele, UT
    June 14, 2019 12:06 a.m.

    Re: "I am not okay with any person colluding with a foreign country . . . and you shouldn't be either."

    That is, unless you're a Democrat and you like Obama colluding with the Russians, Sanders colluding with the Cubans, Omar and Tlaib colluding with Iran, or Hillary and Biden colluding with the both the Russians and the Chinese.

    Then, it's OK.

  • pwlohse Dueren, 00
    June 13, 2019 11:46 p.m.

    The President of the USA admitted that he would be willing to commit a crime and his supporters are OK with that. What if he announced that robbing banks was OK too, as long as the money is used for his re-election campaign. Where do you go, if the rule of law no longer applies?

  • poyman Draper, UT
    June 13, 2019 11:34 p.m.


    "If you are bringing up Hillary Clinton in response to Trump saying this, you are pretty much saying that you are okay with Trump colluding with foreigners to win an election."


    Amazing... So what you are saying is "Don't pay any attention to the fact that my candidate colluded with Foreign Nation Representatives and the fact that she used the information fraudulently to get our own DOJ to spy on Trump"... That doesn't matter. It doesn't fit the "I Hate Trump" crusade.

    The fact is that Moeller and his 17 Pro Democrat Prosecutor Staff found Trump NOT GUILTY of Collusion... No Proof...

    But as we will soon learn the Obama Administration and the Hillary campaign were riddled with Collusion efforts.

    I'm pretty sure that the reasoning that you espouse is why most American's don't trust the media or Democratic Spin on the facts on virtually any issue today.

  • EmmanuelGoldstein1984 Salt Lake City, UT
    June 13, 2019 11:30 p.m.

    Once again Donald Trump endorses breaking US law in order to enhance his personal power. And in the eyes of the world, he symbolizes today's America. Sad.

  • poyman Draper, UT
    June 13, 2019 11:25 p.m.

    This is a microcosm of what is wrong with the Media and today's Democratic Party. Clinton's former Communications Director (George Stephanopolous) manufactures a "what if" theoretical scenario to which Trump answers honestly (meaning that it's standard practice in National Politics) and then Expands and Broadcasts the fictitious scenario characterizing Trump's "what if" response as a "high crime".

    This has become the Standard Operating Procedure for the far left and I am hoping that the American People are not stupid enough to let these media anti-Trump haters and the Democratic Party that they cheer for get away with it.

    Perhaps the right question would have been to ask Trump if he would support his Campaign reaching out to Foreign Country Reps (and paying them) to create phony intelligence on a campaign opponent that is then fraudulently used as support to get a FISA Warrant so that your campaign would be permitted to spy on the candidate that was targeted by the phony intelligence or dossier.

    Or, how about a Congressional Committee Intelligence Chairman attempting to take incriminating information over the telephone on that same Candidate?

    Hypocritical and Unbelievable.

  • worf McAllen, TX
    June 13, 2019 11:22 p.m.

    Media trying to cause contention again.

    Nothing inappropriate said in this interview.

    More evidence of how many folks are so easily manipulated by media.

    Get over it! Trump did not collude with foreign countries to win the presidency.

  • Tumbleweed Centerville, UT
    June 13, 2019 10:43 p.m.

    What the President said about the question asked is totally rational. How the media and the left are spinning it out of context and claiming outrage is what is truly outrageous.

  • Golden Rules Okay, OK
    June 13, 2019 10:00 p.m.

    Naive American,
    I am not okay with any person colluding with a foreign country to influence our elections and you shouldn't be either. No candidate should receive help from any foreign person or group because they will then owe favors if elected.

  • zgomer Salt Lake City, UT
    June 13, 2019 9:50 p.m.

    Trump keeps messing with the media and libs and it works every time, they come unglued, but Obama and Clinton did no wrong...Trump keeps winning and the libs keep losing. Lol!

  • n8ive american Shelley, Idaho
    June 13, 2019 9:35 p.m.

    @Golden Rules - Okay, OK
    June 13, 2019 6:20 p.m.
    "If you are bringing up Hillary Clinton in response to Trump saying this, you are pretty much saying that you are okay with Trump colluding with foreigners to win an election."

    So, you're ok with Hillary and Obama colluding with foreigners to win an election? Because that's basically what you just said since it actually happened with the Democratic party. Why are you excusing them but condemning Trump for considering the same thing.

    Read the comments by Mike Richards. He sums it up perfectly.

  • Astoria Jim Mamaroneck, NY
    June 13, 2019 9:00 p.m.

    Consider where Trump comes from: The New York real estate business, where any rumor about a competitor, no matter how untrue, was seized upon and disseminated. Forget that the foreign actor might have reason to lie...the other candidate might propose sanctions against their country.
    Trump is like an athlete who looks upon the rule book not as a guide to proper play, but as a bunch of suggestions that can be ignored. It comes down to a matter of respect for the way we Americans practice democracy.

  • Abbaton Sandy, UT
    June 13, 2019 8:27 p.m.

    I agree with what President Trump tweeted today: "I meet and talk to 'foreign governments' every day. I just met with the Queen of England (U.K.), the Prince of Whales, the P.M. of the United Kingdom, the P.M. of Ireland, the President of France and the President of Poland. We talked about 'Everything!' "

    "Should I immediately call the FBI about these calls and meetings? How ridiculous!

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    June 13, 2019 8:21 p.m.

    I think the question should be how is the information obtained and then used? This is politics people, someone always has dirt on someone, it's the nature of the beast. If the information was obtained illegally, or manufactured with no veracity (a worse situation that seems to be infecting politics today) it should be summarily dismissed.

    If it was obtained by a foreign government and is being used to manipulate elections to the benefit of that foreign nation it should also be dismissed (regardless which candidate it might benefit). This is a microcosm of how partisanship and tribalism have superseded patriotism. The most poignant paradox of this is the characters that always chant "country above party" but will only entertain ideas that confirm their biases.

    The comical part of this is the faux outrage from media and politicians who have been practicing digging up and manufacturing dirt on political opponents (including from foreign sources) since the foundations of the Republic. But for a president to just come out and say it?! Preposterous! Lol

  • Sanefan Wellsville, UT
    June 13, 2019 8:13 p.m.

    Shaun, where have you been. The really hilarious irony is the Dems outrage over Trump making a statement about doing something that they actually did. The whole false Russia collusion narrative was based on the Dems using info from a foreign government/spy to try and bring down Trump. Now they are offended by the idea of using info obtained through foreign sources against an opponent. This is typical of the Dems. We saw the same thing happen with the "nuclear option." They engage in dirty politics and then seem surprised when the same tactics are used against them.

  • RiDal Sandy, UT
    June 13, 2019 6:54 p.m.

    I just don't see how merely hearing what anyone has to say could possibly be offensive. It is certainly not a crime. The follow-on questions would be "Was the information obtained legally ?" Even then, the offense is by the entity breaking the law, not the party merely hearing the information.

    The Democrats are going to have to get over their mock outrage and recognize that Trump won because we are all tired of the slide into socialism.

  • water rocket , 00
    June 13, 2019 6:46 p.m.

    I am not defending Trump, but what if the media got a hold of this type of information? Would they "listen", like Trump said he would, or would they ignore it? I have my suspicions.

  • Shaun Sandy, UT
    June 13, 2019 6:40 p.m.

    @mike richards

    Where did you get all this information and how do you know it is true and correct?

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, UT
    June 13, 2019 6:22 p.m.

    Oh the horror! Can you imagine anyone wanting to hear what the DNC was trying to do, even if the news of that incident came from another country? For that matter, why would anyone running for office trust the FBI or anyone who has been involved in the the Mueller investigation, i.e., the FBI, the CIA, the DNC, the FISA Court, and the Media? They excused Hillary for having an illegal email server that contained secret and top secret documents because they didn't think that she meant to break the law. The DNC paid to have a dossier fabricated and then the FBI, through Comey presented that unverified dossier to the FISA Court as evidence that a warrant was necessary. Would YOU go to the FBI? Would YOU trust the CIA? Would YOU talk to the Media?

    What we've learned is that those who pretend shock are hypocrites. They pretend that the FBI acted properly and that the CIA acted properly and that the Media acted properly and that the DNC acted properly and that Mueller acted properly - even though his report found nothing tht linked Trump to Russia.

    The horror is that half of America still trusts the Media.

  • Golden Rules Okay, OK
    June 13, 2019 6:20 p.m.

    If you are bringing up Hillary Clinton in response to Trump saying this, you are pretty much saying that you are okay with Trump colluding with foreigners to win an election.

  • Butch wax , 00
    June 13, 2019 6:14 p.m.

    This is probably the thing I like most about President Trump, right or wrong he will give you an answer. Just love how the dems are running just outraged about this. Trumps probably getting a good laugh at how easily the dems are triggered, I know I've had a good laugh today.

  • Golden Rules Okay, OK
    June 13, 2019 5:58 p.m.

    Trump responds but never says he would not collude with foreign governments against an American.

  • Copybook Headings Draper, UT
    June 13, 2019 5:55 p.m.

    But it's OK for the Clinton campaign to buy dirt (provided by the Russians) from Fusion GPS; a British entity. Trump is playing his critics like a fiddle.