U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday reversed course over whether he would report foreign interference in a political campaign to U.S. law enforcement, telling Fox News in an interview he would "of course" contact authorities.
"I think you might want to listen. there's nothing wrong with listening", Trump said when asked by ABC News what he would do if a country such as Russian Federation or China offered him information.
"If I thought anybody was incorrect or it was badly stated I'd report it to the attorney general, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, I'd report it to law enforcement absolutely", Trump told Fox News.
"If any other president had said anything resembling this, you know, Republicans in Congress would have, understandably, you know, called him a traitor", Cooper asserted. "You couldn't have that happen with our country", he added.
Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade, who chided Trump for his remarks on Thursday, made some attempt to press the president on taking help from foreign governments.
In the interview, Trump appeared to walk back his comments from earlier in the week to ABC, when he said he would consider accepting information from an outside nation and may not contact law enforcement.
"I think maybe you do both [listening and calling the FBI]", Trump told ABC.
The president has come under fire, mainly from Democrats, after telling ABC News' George Stephanopoulos that "there's nothing wrong with listening" to foreign sources. He added that he'd have no obligation to call the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Meanwhile, Republicans chastised Trump for his comments, especially after years of his campaign being under investigation for possible collusion with Russian Federation. "I actually said at the beginning, I said I'd do both". "I wouldn't accept material like that". "Let's stop there. No we don't".