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Trump: ‘There’s nothing wrong with listening’ to a foreign government if they give you dirt on your opponent

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On Wednesday, President Donald Trump sat for an interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos, during which he doubled down on the very thing that led to him being caught up in the Russia investigation in the first place.

“If foreigners, if Russia, if China, if someone else offers information on an opponent, should they accept it or should they call the FBI?” Stephanopoulos asked the president.

“I think maybe you do both,” said Trump. “I think you might want to listen. There’s nothing wrong with listening. If somebody called from a country, Norway, we have information on your opponent, oh, I think I’d want to hear it.”

“You want that kind of interference in our elections?” said Stephanopoulos incredulously.

“It’s not an interference,” said Trump. “They have information, I think I’d take it. If I thought there was something wrong, I’d go, maybe, to the FBI. If I thought there was something wrong. But when somebody comes up with oppo research, right, they come up with oppo research, let’s go to the FBI? The FBI doesn’t have enough agents to take care of it. But 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.'”

Later in the interview, Trump reportedly admitted that he had never called the FBI before in his life — even though Russia repeatedly did try to offer his campaign such information during the 2016 presidential election.

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‘I don’t have to do it, legally’: Trump says he can invade Iran without Congress’ permission

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On Monday, CNN reported that in a new interview, President Donald Trump said that he can invade Iran without congressional approval — and that although he would "like the idea" of keeping Congress in the loop, he doesn't "legally" have to do so.

"I like the idea of keeping Congress abreast, but I wouldn't have to do that," said Trump. In response to the fact that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said he must obtain congressional approval first, Trump said, "I disagree. I think most people seem to disagree."

"I do like keeping them — they are intelligent people," added Trump. "They will come up with some thoughts. I actually learned a couple of things the other day when we had our meeting with Congress which I think were helpful to me. I do like keeping them abreast, but I don't have to do it, legally."

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US foes are goading Trump because they know he’s a ‘blow-hard and full of bluster’: CNN analyst

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President Donald Trump walked back from the brink of atrocities last week, from calling off a military strike against Iran to pushing back planned Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids in major American cities.

On Monday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin told anchor Wolf Blitzer how foreign adversaries have been emboldened to challenge Trump — because for all his bombast, they know they are calling a bluff.

"I think Donald Trump is pretty well a known quantity at this point," said Toobin. "I mean, I think people around the world know he's a blowhard, knows he's full of bluster. But that's no reason to get into a war."

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CNN’s Brooke Baldwin stunned that Trump fans don’t care how many women accuse him of assault

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CNN's Brooke Baldwin on Monday expressed astonishment that journalist E. Jean Carroll's rape allegations against President Donald Trump haven't gotten more attention.

During a discussion with CNN's Gloria Borger, Baldwin broke down how a shocking number of women have made allegations of sexual misconduct against the president, who was also caught on camera bragging about sexually assaulting women in the infamous "Access Hollywood" tape from 2006.

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