In an ABC News interview with George Stephanopolous, President Trump said it was not wrong to accept potentially damaging information about an opponent from a foreign power. CNN reports that the president’s answer came in response to being questioned about FBI director Christopher Wray’s statement that anyone receiving information from a foreign power should notify the bureau.
These new remarks from Trump have prompted further calls for impeachment from some Democrats, and 2020 hopefuls such as Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are making sure to make impeachment a talking point.
However, the potential intelligence and national security problems caused by the president’s comments outshine the political consequences. While the US intelligence community tries to protect the 2020 election from foreign intervention, Trump is circumventing those efforts and publicly opposing the FBI director.
It is unlikely that such comments will have any effect on Trump’s GOP base, since this is just one in a long line of similarly shocking comments from the president. However, this apparent invitation to foreign governments to provide Trump with information on his opponents will have real world political and intelligence implications.