President Donald Trump announced Saturday his next interview with George Stephanopoulos, of ABC News, whose excerpts upset the allies and opponents this week, when the president revealed that he would accept foreign aid if it was presented before the 2020 elections.
Trump invited Stephanopoulos to the White House and during a trip to Iowa last week, breaking with his habit of calling or appearing in conservative reporting and opinion shows. During their time together, Trump told Stephanopoulos of comments that ricocheted across Washington, including saying that he would likely accept information about opposition from foreign sources when he was presented at of the next presidential campaign.
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In a thread posted on Twitter Saturday night, Trump said he had a positive experience with Stephanopoulos, adding that he thought other media had misinterpreted his comments. The president also said that he would consider doing more interviews with the network information.
"So funny to see the Fake News Media trying to dissect and distort each word in the most negative way possible," Trump wrote on Twitter. "Think that I will do many more interviews on the network, as I did in 2016, in order to get the message out that no president has done what I 've done. During the first two and a half years of her presidency, including the fact that we have one of the best economies in the history of our country, she called Earned Media In any case, enjoy the show! "
Trump's interview with Stephanopoulos, which will be broadcast in full on Sunday, comes as his re-election campaign prepares for next week's launch. Trump's tentative plan to multiply network interviews and capture "earned media" – where a politician gets free advertising of media hits rather than through traditional advertising campaigns – hints at a strategy that 39, he frequently used during the 2016 campaign and as president.
Trump tweets regularly in advance to announce upcoming cable TV interviews with right-wing broadcasters such as Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham and Jeanine Pirro.
Tump's remarks about the acceptance of opposition information from foreign sources have sparked national controversy, as well as contempt and reprimands from lawmakers on both sides of the corridor, from the old law enforcement officials and the president of the Federal Election Commission.
"This is not an interference, they have information – I think I would take them," Trump said. "If I thought something was wrong, I might go to the FBI – if I thought something was wrong."
He also said that congressmen often accepted foreign aid, prompting many lawmakers to publicly express their indignation over the suggestion that this practice was commonplace. Many reiterated that accepting foreign aid was illegal in the US elections.
The president has since picked up on his remarks, using a 50-minute phone interview from Fox News to do so.
Trump also revealed to Stephanopoulos that he had been informed of the increase in the number of UFO sightings reported by the navy pilots, but had cast doubt on this information.
"I want them to think what they think," Trump said of the navy pilots. "Do I believe it? Not particularly."