“President Trump’s full disregard for American election security, as illustrated in his comments last evening during an interview with ABC News, should shock each American,” the group mentioned in a press release. The 30-second video will air on Fox & Friends, CNN’s New Day and MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Monday, June 17.
The video features footage from President Trump’s inauguration in January 2017, during which he took an oath to “preserve, protect and defend” the Constitution. The advert then switches to footage from one among Trump’s newest tv interviews, during which he advised ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that he would open to accepting opposition research on his 2020 opponent from a international government.
“I think you may need to hear, there is not anything wrong with listening,” Trump mentioned in the interview that first aired Wednesday night. “If any individual known as from a rustic, Norway, [and said] ‘We’ve data in your opponent’—oh, I think I’d need to hear it.”
The conservative group then suggests that the “treatment” to Trump’s remarks is for Congress to take action. At the tip of the video, RRL wrote that “if the president won’t protect our elections, Congress must.”
Trump’s admission to ABC that he would doubtless accept this data provided by a foreign government stunned some members of Congress and authorized consultants, who slammed the president for apparently failing to learn from Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.
“That is simply the latest instance of what Vice President Biden meant when he mentioned that Mr. Trump is an existential risk to our country. “Unfit to be President” is a gross understatement. @realDonaldTrump is undeserving of any public workplace, and all Americans needs to be outraged.
Former CIA Director John Brennan tweeted in response to Trump’s feedback.
Even a Fox News host known as for the president to “clarify” his remarks. Fox & Friends co-host Brian Kilmeade mentioned on Thursday that “nothing’s free on the earth. You do not need a foreign government or international entity supplying you with data because they may want one thing again. If anyone knows that, it is the president.”
Trump defended his remarks in a series of tweets following his ABC interview.
“I meet and discuss to ‘foreign governments’ day by day. I just met with the Queen of England (U.K.), the Prince of Wales, the P.M. of the United Kingdom, the P.M. of Ireland, the President of France and the President of Poland. We talked about ‘Everything!'” Trump tweeted.
“Should I immediately name the FBI about these calls and conferences? How ridiculous! I would by no means be trusted once more. With that being said, my full reply is rarely performed by the Fake News Media. They purposely leave out the half that issues,” he added.
Ellen L. Weintraub, Chair of the Federal Election Commission, tried on Thursday evening to set the file straight on the legality of a federal election campaign accepting anything of value from a foreign authorities.
“Let me make something 100% clear to the American public and anyone running for public workplace: It is prohibited for any particular person to solicit, accept, or obtain anything of value from a overseas national in connection with a U.S. election,” wrote Weintraub. “This is not a novel concept.”
Without naming anybody elected official or campaign, she concluded with the warning and admonition: “Anyone who solicits or accepts international help risks being on the unsuitable end of a federal investigation. Any political marketing campaign that receives a proposal of a prohibited donation from a foreign supply ought to report that provide to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.”
RRL has beforehand run advertisements targeting Trump and what the group viewed as questionable behavior by the president. Last week, the group aired a spot evaluating the alleged obstruction of justice by Trump to President Richard Nixon’s interference within the Watergate investigation. The advert referred to as on members of Congress to act as they did then, and disregard party fealty in favor of holding the president accountable.