ABC News anchor, George Stephanopoulos, has teamed up with President Donald Trump for an exclusive, two-day, high-profile interview this week, generating a host of headlines over the weekend. their unprecedented discussion.
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Here are the top five moments of the interview.
Trump says he would have listened to foreign news about political opponents
This was the most important title of all. After Trump told Stephanopoulos that he could not alert the FBI if foreign governments were offering damaging information to his 2020 rivals during the upcoming presidential race, the president faced a wave of criticism from the part of Republicans and Democrats.
Despite the deluge of investigations stemming from the interactions of his campaign with the Russians during the 2016 presidential campaign, when Stephanopoulos asked Trump, the Oval Office, on Wednesday whether his re-election campaign would accept such information emanating from the press. foreigners – such as China or Russia – or passed them on to the FBI. Trump replied, "I think you may be doing both."
"I think you might want to listen, there's nothing wrong with listening," Trump continued. "If someone calls from a country, Norway, [and said] "We have information about your opponent". Oh, I think I would like to hear it. "
Trump disputed the idea that if a foreign government provided information about a political opponent, it would be considered an interference in our electoral process.
"This is not an interference, they have information – I think I would take them," Trump said. "If I thought there was something wrong, I might go to the FBI, if I thought there was one." But when someone a fact of informal research, well, it does informal research ", call the FBI & # 39; The FBI does not have enough agents to deal with it. When you are going to talk, honestly, to the members of Congress, they are all doing it, they have always done it, and that is how things are going.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi warned on Thursday that Trump was giving Russia a "green light" to interfere again in the US presidential election.
"Everyone in the country should be totally dismayed by what the president said last night," Pelosi said.
While Pelosi described Trump's comments as "horsemen" and "assaulting democracy," she said it was not enough to persuade her to launch an impeachment investigation prematurely.
"What we want is to take a methodical approach to the path we are on, and that will be included in that, but no problem will trigger," Oh, now we're going to do [impeachment]. 'Because it's about investigations, it's about litigation, it's about getting the truth so that everyone is held accountable and no one is above the law She said.
Even one of the president's closest allies on Capitol Hill did not take his defense. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said the president's answer was "not the right answer".
"If a foreign government addresses you as an official, and offers to help your campaign by giving you something valuable, that it 's all about. money or information about your opponent, the correct answer is no, "he said.
On Friday, the president had been working to come back in his remarks, telling Fox News that he would inform the FBI or the Attorney General if the information was "incorrect or poorly stated."
"Of course, you have to consider it because if you do not examine it, you will not know it's bad," Trump told Fox and Friends on Friday morning. "But, of course, you give it to the FBI or you report it to the Attorney General or to someone like that."
Trump says internal polls show he's "win-win"
Trump told Stephanopoulos that the internal polls of his campaign showed that he "wins everywhere".
When Stephanopoulos discussed Trump campaign-sponsored polls and showed former vice president Joe Biden in several key states, the president said, "These polls do not exist".
"Nobody showed you these polls because these polls do not exist, George." These polls do not exist. I lose in 15 states out of 17 "These polls do not exist", said Trump.
"I've just been given a meeting with a pollster that I honestly do not even believe in pollsters if you want to know the truth, you're just running a campaign and anything, that's it, but I just have a meeting with someone who's a pollster and I win everywhere, so I do not know what you're talking about. "
But data from the first internal campaign poll conducted in March, obtained exclusively by ABC News on Friday, showed that Trump was losing a high-margin confrontation with Biden in key battlefield states, including a two-digit lead. for Biden in Pennsylvania 55-39 and Wisconsin. 51-41 and Biden top seven points in Florida. In Texas, a traditionally republican fortress, the numbers showed that the president took the lead only by two points.
When ABC News reported on Friday, the Trump campaign confirmed the data, saying in a statement that the numbers were old and that they had seen huge swings in favor of Trump.
Trump says "no matter" what Don McGahn, a former White House lawyer, told Mueller
Stephanopoulos has long questioned Trump about the investigation conducted by Russia. The President directly challenged the account of a key witness in the investigation of Special Adviser Robert Mueller on a possible obstruction of justice during the investigation conducted in Russia, claiming that "no matter" what his former lawyer, Don McGahn, had testified.
Trump said McGahn "may have been baffled" when he told Mueller that Trump had repeatedly asked him to ensure that the acting Attorney General revoked the special advocate because of conflict. apparent interests.
"The story, very simply, No. 1, I was never going to fire Mueller. I never suggested sending Mueller back, "Trump told Stephanopoulos.
On the president's instructions, McGahn is currently fighting a subpoena by the House Judiciary Committee to testify publicly about these conversations with Trump, among others. McGahn spent nearly 30 hours with the special attorney investigators to testify under oath and was one of the president's most cited aides in the report.
When Stephanopoulos pushed back and evoked McGahn's testimony, Trump was provocative.
"I do not care what [McGahn] says, it does not matter, "Trump said.
"Why would [McGahn] to lie under oath? "Stephanopoulos asked later.
"Because he wanted to pretend to be a good lawyer," Trump said. "Or he believed because I would constantly tell anyone who would listen to me – including you, including the media – that Robert Mueller was in conflict – Robert Mueller had a total conflict of interest."
"And must leave?" Stephanopoulos followed.
"I did not say that," Trump insisted.
Trump reveals the historic reorganization of Air Force One
Less than a year after announcing a $ 3.9 billion makeover of the most famous US aircraft, Trump shared unpublished renderings of the new Air Force One design.
"George, look at this," boasted Trump to Stephanopoulos, showing him models of his vision of the new generation of the presidential plane. "This is your new Air Force One."
Trump showed his plan to swap the iconic blue and white paint work for a patriotic red, white and blue.
"We had different choices here," said Trump, pointing to the images he had designed himself. "They are all slightly different."
The new fleet will not be ready to take off until 2024. Despite the president's willingness to share preliminary sketches, Trump retains some details close to the vest.
"There are some secrets," Trump teased. "You know what, there are some secrets I do not think we're supposed to talk about."
Trump told the president of the Fed Reserve: "I waited long enough"
Trump criticized Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, insisting that his actions prevented the economy from skyrocketing and declaring his patience with the person he chose to run the bank. Central of the country.
Inviting Stephanopoulos to go to Council Bluffs, Iowa, Tuesday, Trump said the financial market would be stronger "if we had a different person at the Federal Reserve who would not have raised interest rates as much" . "
Trump told Stephanopoulos that he believed the Dow Jones industrial average could be 10,000 points higher if the Federal Reserve had not raised rates last year. Stephanopoulos pointed out that Powell would not be up to the task if it was not Trump.
"It's my choice," admitted Trump. "And I do not agree with him at all."
Stephanopoulos asked Trump he feared that his repeated comments on the Federal Reserve put Powell "in a box".
"Yes, I want it," Trump replied. "But I will do it anyway because I waited long enough."