Joe Scarborough Blasts Republicans Who Don’t Condemn Trump for Saying He Would Accept Dirt on Rivals from Foreign Government; Trump Says Everybody Does It

  • Joe Scarborough, host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” slammed President Trump for saying he would accept damaging information from a foreign government about a political rival and called out any Republicans who don’t condemn the president as “disloyal to their country.”
  • Scarborough said: “The Republicans have no choice but to condemn this. If they don’t condemn it then, of course, they are being disloyal to their country and choosing instead to be loyal to Donald Trump.”
  • On Wednesday, Trump said “he would be willing to listen to foreign governments if they approach him with information on a political rival” and wouldn’t “necessarily contact the FBI if such an approach was made.”
  • During an interview with George Stephanopoulos, Trump said: “I think I’d want to hear it… I think you might want to listen; there isn’t anything wrong with listening.”
  • Trump added: “It’s not an interference, they have information—I think I’d take it. When you go and talk, honestly, to congressmen, they all do it, they always have, and that’s the way it is. It’s called oppo research.”
  • Scarborough, a former Republican congressman, fired back: “Well, I was elected four times, was up there for quite some time, ran four campaigns and if anybody had come from a foreign country with any information, that would send blinking red lights on and off. And you would immediately contact the FBI. You just would, not even a close call.”
  • Scarborough added:  “I never once heard from a single congressman, or congresswoman or U.S. senator, and I’ve known a lot over the past 25 years, that ever took any information from foreign sources, nor would they.”
  • An AP White House reporter compared Trump’s comments to those of a “mob boss” and said “Trump appears to be putting his own political future above the rule of law.”
  • Scarborough’s co-host, Mika Brzezinski, said: “Who needs the Mueller report when he says it just out in plain sight, as he did yesterday? This is very dangerous.”
  • Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren tweeted: “A foreign government attacked our 2016 elections to support Trump, Trump welcomed that help, and Trump obstructed the investigation. Now, he said he’d do it all over again. It’s time to impeach Donald Trump.”
  • Trump defended his comments and tweeted, in part: “I meet and talk to ‘foreign governments’ every day… We talked about ‘Everything!’ Should I immediately call the FBI about these calls and meetings? How ridiculous! I would never be trusted again.”

Reference Links

  • Fox: Scarborough: Republicans who don’t condemn Trump’s comments on foreign dirt are ‘disloyal to their country’ READ
  • The Week: MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough: Republicans have ‘no choice’ but to condemn Trump ‘asking for foreign interference 2.0’ READ
  • MSNBC: Joe: Robert Mueller Didn’t Come Close To Donald Trump’s Version Of Findings | Morning Joe | MSNBC WATCH

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