Trump will consider offers for opposition research from foreign entities on a “case by case basis” during his 2020 reelection bid, according to a Trump spokesperson cited by The Hill.
Campaign staff will handle the controversial information as the president dictates, suggested Kayleigh McEnany, the campaign's national press secretary.
"The president's directive, as he said, [it's] a case by case basis. He said he would likely do both: Listen to what they have to say, but also report it to the FBI," she said during CBS News’s “Red & Blue" on Thursday
McEnany's comments come just days after the president said the FBI was wrong to force him to report foreign research he obtained in 2016 and that he would like to receive similar information in the upcoming election.
"I think you might want to listen. There’s nothing wrong with listening," Trump said. "It’s not an interference. They have information. I think I’d take it. If I thought there was something wrong, I’d go maybe to the FBI," said the president on Wednesday.
Trump's comments have drawn criticism from one end of the political spectrum to the other. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, one of the president’s most loyal allies, called his assertions a "mistake," according to the Hill.
Like some Republican lawmakers, McEnany has also accused Democrats of receiving information from foreign entities through the Steele dossier.
“Only one party paid for opposition research from a hostile foreign power and weaponized it against Donald Trump: the Democrats! But the media continues to cover for Clinton & the DNC,” she wrote on Twitter this Friday.