Trump Says He’d Take Foreign Dirt on a 2020 Opponent: A Closer Look

Trump Says He’d Take Foreign Dirt on a 2020 Opponent: A Closer Look


-The President said in an
interview if he had the chance
to collude with
a foreign government in 2020,
he would do it.
For more on this,
it’s time for “A Closer Look.”
[ Cheers and applause ]
You’d be forgiven for thinking
Donald Trump doesn’t actually
do that much work as president,
but you’d be wrong.
He’s got a very important job,
as we learned today
from an interview on ABC.
Trump is in charge
of picking new paint colors
for Air Force One.
[ Laughter ]
And he is very proud of that.
-George, take a look at this.
-Then, at the White House,
a surprise from the President —
the first look
at an updated aircraft,
a new look for Air Force One
that he designed himself.
-There’s your new Air Force One.
And I’m doing that for other
presidents, not for me.
-It’s scheduled
to arrive in 2024,
the exterior getting a makeover,
with a new red, white, and blue
paint scheme,
a departure from the iconic
blue and white.
-We had different choices here.
These are all
slightly different.
-All right. I think
I know what happened here.
Trump’s staff
just gave him a menu
with a bunch of airplanes on it
to keep him busy
while they run the government.
[ Laughter ]
You know, like how you give
a child at a restaurant
a placemat with a maze on it.
[ Laughter ]
You know, if you zoom in
on that image Trump is holding,
at the top, it says,
“Spot the difference.”
[ Laughter and applause ]
This right here —
This right here is the only part
of the job Trump loves —
feeling important, basking
in the trapping of the office.
In that same interview,
for example,
he and George Stephanopoulos
took a ride
in the presidential limo,
where Trump denied reports
that his own internal polls
show him trailing in key states.
-I asked the President
about those reports
that he’s trailing Biden
in the polls.
-Well, I don’t believe
those polls.
There’s no way
he beats me in Texas.
-But even your own polls
show you’re behind right now,
don’t they?
-No, my polls show
that I’m winning everywhere.
I don’t know.
-We’ve all seen these reports
that in 15 out of 17 states,
you spend $2 million on a poll,
and you’re behind
in 15 of 17 states.
-Nobody showed you those polls
because those polls don’t exist,
George.
Those polls don’t exist.
-Oh, great. He’s back
to his [bleep] Jedi routine.
[ Laughter ]
Also, why are they
so close together?
[ Laughter and applause ]
Is this the presidential limo
or an Uber Pool?
“We’re picking up
two more people.
Can you guys kind of squinch
together back there?”
[ Laughter ]
Later in the Oval Office,
Trump was asked why he insists
on lying so brazenly
and so obsessively
about his poll numbers,
and he offered
an interesting self-assessment.
-Why does it bother you so much?
-Because it’s untrue.
I like the truth.
You know, I’m actually
a very honest guy.
-No.
[ Laughter ]
And even that statement
wasn’t honest.
When you say, “I’m actually
a very honest guy,
that’s the classic tell that
you’re not an honest guy.
Nobody who’s honest
says they’re honest.
The only people who claim
to be honest are car dealers,
personal injury lawyers.
You never hear someone say,
“Our charity builds houses
for the homeless
the honest way.”
[ Laughter ]
Trump just says this stuff
and thinks we’ll buy it
despite the fact
that we now have over 400 pages
of definitive proof that he
is not, in fact, an honest guy
in the form of Special Counsel
Robert Mueller’s final report.
And yet he just continues on
because he has no shame.
We’re so used
to Trump’s corruption now
that we could ask him
what he did today,
and he’d go,
“Oh, I had breakfast,
played a round of gold,
I shot a guy,
and then I saw the new
“Secret Life of Pets,”
and we’d say,
“Oh, is that any good?”
[ Laughter ]
And that’s what he did
last night
during the same interview on ABC
when he just
straight up admitted
that if he had the opportunity
to collude with a foreign
government again in 2020,
he would definitely do it.
-Your campaign this time around,
if foreigners — if Russia,
if China, if someone else,
offers you information
on an opponent,
should they accept it
or should they call the FBI?
-I think maybe you do both.
I think you might
want to listen.
I don’t think there’s
anything wrong with listening.
If somebody called
from a country — Norway —
“We have information
on your opponent.”
“Oh.” I think
I’d want to hear it.
-You want that kind of
interference in our elections?
-It’s not an interference.
They have information.
I think I’d take it.
-There it is.
He just said it.
The guy who has spent two years
scream tweeting “No collusion”
is now saying, “If anyone’s
down the collude, I’m your guy.”
[ Laughter ]
This guy has no shame.
If Trump had been President
during Watergate,
he would’ve left a business card
at the break-in.
[ Laughter ]
We have all this evidence
that Russia reached out to Trump
to collude, and now we have
Trump himself on the record
saying, “If Russia reached out
to me to collude,
I would do it.”
Normally, to get someone to say
they’d commit a crime like that,
you have to haul them down
to the precinct
and play good cop/bad cop.
Trump’s episode of “Law & Order”
would be about six minutes long.
Brisco and Green would walk
into his office,
and he’d go, “What’s up, guys?
You find that hooker I killed?”
[ Laughter ]
Seriously, why —
[ Applause ]
Why are we not just treating
this as a confession?
Just because he’s phrasing it
as hypothetical
doesn’t make it
any less damning.
If your co-worker at Burger King
turned to you and said,
“You know, I’m not saying
I ever done it,
but if someone dared me
to coat my balls in batter
and dip them in the deep-fryer,
I’d definitely consider it.”
[ Laughter ]
You’d call your boss and say,
“I think that we need
to replace the deep-fryer.”
[ Laughter ]
After that interview aired,
there was an uproar from,
you know, sane people
who think the President
shouldn’t go on TV
and tell people
he’s down to commit a crime.
Democrats renewed their calls
for impeachment,
so Trump hopped on Twitter
to defend himself
with a dumb argument
that was topped in its dumbness
only by a truly
mind-bending typo.
-He says, “I meet and talk to
foreign governments every day.
I just met with
the Queen of England, U.K.,
the Prince of Whales,”
which he spells wrong.
-Yep.
[ Laughter ]
He spelled it
like the marine mammal,
not like the country of Wales.
[ Laughter ]
He literally just met the guy.
Trump must have been
so disappointed.
“You’re not a whale.”
[ Laughter ]
“Where’s your blow hole?”
[ Laughter and applause ]
And then,
with that out of the way,
he continued with
his very stupid argument.
-“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.
Should I immediately
call the FBI
about these calls and meetings?
How ridiculous.
I would never be trusted again.”
-No one’s arguing you should
call the FBI after meeting
with the foreign leaders
as part of your actual job,
unless one of those leaders
does or offer something illegal.
And even then,
it depends what it is.
If you meet with Putin,
he says,
“We hacked
your opponent’s e-mails
and stole private information,”
then, yes,
you should call the FBI.
If you meet with the
Queen of England and she says,
“Want to take
a rip off this bong?”
I’d say play it cool.
Don’t dime on her, man!
[ Laughter ]
Don’t dime on the Queen.
[ Laughter ]
But the most important thing
to remember here is,
this is not
a random hypothetical.
Trump is actively inviting
Russia or China
or any other foreign government,
for that matter,
to actively intervene in
the 2020 election on his behalf,
and we know this because,
in 2016,
Russia’s military intelligence
agency, known as the GRU,
basically took directions
from Trump.
Remember when Trump said this?
-Russia, if you’re listening,
I hope you’re able to find
the 30,000 e-mails
that are missing.
I think you will probably be
rewarded mightily by our press.
-Well, according
to the Mueller report,
“Within approximately
five hours of Trump’s statement,
GRU officers targeted,
for the first time,
Clinton’s personal office.”
So it turns out
they were listening.
In fact, at this point,
I think the Russians
are the only ones who haven’t
tuned out Donald Trump.
The rest of us just ignore it,
and when we walk by a TV
and see Trump
on the White House lawn
next to the helicopter,
shouting at reporters,
red-faced, doing that
weird thing where he draws a box
with his hands for no reason,
waving around a random
piece of paper he pulled
out of his coat pocket
like he just got some positive
test results back.
“Good news — the doctors say
it hasn’t spread to my brain.
They say it comes
from my brain.”
So we know that the Russians
have already reacted
to an invitation from Trump
to interfere in the election.
That’s what makes Trump’s latest
comments so crazy.
It’s not hypothetical.
He knows they will try
to help him again,
and he’s signaling to them
that he’d welcome it.
In fact, in that same interview,
Trump actually mocked the idea
that he should call the FBI
if a foreign government
attempted to interfere
in an election on his behalf.
-Okay. Let’s put yourself
in a position.
You’re a congressman.
Somebody comes up and says,
“Hey, I have information
on your opponent.”
Do you call the FBI?
-If it’s coming from Russia,
you do.
-I’ve seen a lot of things
over my life.
I don’t think in my whole life
I’ve ever called the FBI.
-Oh, really?
Oh, really?
You haven’t?
Because I’m shocked to hear
that the famously corrupt
New York real-estate mogul
who owned Atlantic City casinos,
doesn’t pay his taxes,
has been sued
thousands of times,
and paid hush money to cover up
an affair with a porn star
doesn’t have
a great relationship
with law enforcement.
I just assume the only contact
Trump has ever had with the FBI
are anonymous faxes with letters
cut out from magazines.
[ Laughter ]
Although,
who are we kidding?
He would still
definitely sign it.
[ Laughter ]
But in many ways,
this moment was inevitable.
Trump and his aides have
been foreshadowing for months
that this was coming,
that they didn’t think
collusion was a crime,
and if they had the chance,
they would do it again.
Earlier this month,
Trump’s son-in-law,
Jared Kushner, said in
an interview that if he received
another e-mail from a foreign
government offering dirt
on a political opponent,
like he did in 2016,
he wasn’t sure
he would call the FBI.
-On June the 8th, 2016,
you were sent an e-mail
with an offer of help for the
Trump campaign
from the Russian government.
Why didn’t you pick up
the phoned and call the FBI?
It was an e-mail
that said Russia —
that said the Russian government
was trying to help.
Look, why didn’t you do that?
-The e-mail that I got on
my iPhone at the time
basically said,
“Show up at 4:00.”
I didn’t scroll down.
I never would have thought —
-It had “Russia”
in the subject line.
-Again, I would get about
250 e-mails a day,
and so I literally saw
“Show up at 4:00,”
I showed up at 4:00.
-Would you call the FBI
if it happened again?
-I don’t know.
It’s hard to do hypotheticals,
but the reality is
is that we were not
given anything
that was salacious.
-Okay. First of all,
the subject line of the e-mail
was literally
“Forward, Russia, Clinton,
private and confidential.”
I don’t care
how many e-mails you get a day.
That subject line sticks out.
It doesn’t matter
who it’s from.
If I see an e-mail that says
“Pottery Barn,
private and confidential,”
I’d be like,
“Ooh! What’s your secret,
Pottery Barn?”
[ Laughter ]
Trump aides
have basically been saying
a version of this for months.
Just last month,
his personal lawyer
and private vampire,
Rudy Giuliani, went on TV
and bragged about a bizarre plan
he had concocted
to go to Ukraine and dig up dirt
on the Russia investigation
and Joe Biden,
and he actually said
in an interview
that if he wanted to mettle
in the 2020 election, he could.
-President Trump’s
personal attorney Rudy Giuliani
planning to travel
to Ukraine soon.
“The New York Times” reports
he will ask that country’s
new president
to investigate the origin
of Special Counsel Mueller’s
Russian investigation.
Giuliani will also press Ukraine
to look into
Joe Biden’s son’s involvement
in a gas company owned by
a Ukrainian oligarch.
-The election of 2020
is a long time from now.
And if I wanted to meddle in
that election, which I don’t,
I could’ve held this for a year
and dropped it
right before the convention.
-Speaking of meddling,
I got to ask,
who’s meddling with your hair,
because this is what Rudy’s hair
normally looks like.
You really think the spray-on
hair is making you look younger?
You look like the guy
who gives you
your next assignment
in “Grand Theft Auto.”
[ Laughter ]
“You got to go to the police,
Dmitri.”
[ Laughter ]
Trump and the people around him
are actively inviting
the interference of a foreign
government in the 2020 campaign.
The only answer
to that is impeachment.
Democrats need to lay out
all the evidence
of Trump’s corruption
in a high-profile, public forum
for voters to see,
and when asked why,
they should quote Trump
and say…
-I like the truth.
-This has been
“A Closer Look.”
[ Cheers and applause ]

100 thoughts on “Trump Says He’d Take Foreign Dirt on a 2020 Opponent: A Closer Look”

  1. The difference between President Trump, and the gallery of LibNazi Democrats running for President? President Trump admits it. Every one of those LibNazi crooks would do it, and keep quiet about it. Trust and Believe! Of course, the bought and paid for MSM have to pretend to be "OUTRAGED". LOL!

  2. Yea it a good thing. In the history of elections since the beginning of time we and every other country have meddled in other election. The stupid little tit mice millennials are just too stupid to even understand. The Russians did us a service this past election. How else would we have known hilary had all our state department secrets up for auction on her little pedophile pal anthoney weiners child sex computer??? Yea I'm all for anybody reporting criminal activity in our government. I realize it must be embarrassing for our country but it is very needed when our own government is seemingly dropping the ball for no reason.

  3. Aw, that's cute. Meyers is calling out a president for sounding dishonest. Did he do the same for his butt-buddy, Obama, when he said there would be no further drone strikes in Syria, and then went ahead and ordered them anyway? Nah, he gets a pass. Orange man bad!

  4. They're squished close together because the presidential limo has very very thick, bulletproof, silenced, body panels with layer upon layer of different shielding. The exterior is made to appear completely stock, so there's less room inside. Also, Trump likes to use his girth and especially, over a short guy like Stephanopoulos, his height advantage to make himself feel intimidating, and so he's leaning in. It doesn't seem have the desired effec

  5. Anyone who watches these late night shills and their fake news is simple minded fool. ALL OWNED BY THE SORO'S CIRCUS !!!!

  6. three years of investigating Trump and you still can't get him out of office . Who are the real losers? hmmm. TRUMP 2016- 2020-2024.

  7. didnt hillary pay for the trump dossier from russia or england or some foreign country?? i'm not trolling just genuinely curious if media is trying to prove he did the same thing hillary did?? that would seem hypocritical cause they didnt seem to even mention that hillarly colluded with a foreign government??

  8. he's too stupid to know the definition of collusion. but this country is too chicken to call him on it. and he knows it.

  9. NEWSFLASH ASSHOLES: Hillary paid a foreigner (Christopher Steele) for a fake Russian dossier in the last election, and the entire Democratic party bought into it. It didn't work. Trump is packing stadiums and people are watching outside on big screens, while your front runner can't draw 200. MAGA 2020 bitches, get used to it.

  10. We all knew Trump colluded with the Russians he would take money or information from anyone. He sell his children to the highest bidder. The man lies about his lies. I think the American people finally see Trump for who he really is…a lair and a crook. I hope my country can survive this evil man and the evil things he has done while in office.
    I honestly don’t know how anyone still support him. The Republicans in Congress should be charge with treason for defending and protecting Trump. We the people expected them to defend and protect the U S Constitution not Trump. They have no honor!

  11. I would take the dirt just to see the fear and see the tears from the idiots on the left.I have had so much fun for 2 1/2 years.5 1/2 remain.

  12. Just like any spoiled child needing to be credited for ANYTHING not motivated by self interest: "See George these are for the new Air Force One AND it's for other presidents NOT for me" !!! OOooohhh what a good and thoughtful boy you are! <eye roll> big time

  13. The amount of whine ass Soy Millenials in this thread is hilarious. Do something with your life instead of blaming everyone else you emotional hacks.

  14. Which means he can't say the opposite of his opponents doing it. He's open to dirt from foreign ops on him being presented or someone saying out loud if they had dirt/emails/binders of info . . his position already makes it okay.

  15. Norway! The whole of The USA is brimming over with Norwegian spies… I think it is the Nambian spies.

  16. The worst president in the history of USA genitalia grabber ( very patriotic, white American women) lying,  immoral, moronic ego full,  beautiful natural hair, so ridiculous, 73 years old and no grey hair, in every thing he is the best for our children. vote trumpet in 2020 or any other democrat or republican but NOT HIM PLEASE

  17. THE PRESIDENT , IS NOT RUNNING THE W.H. !!!!!! . HE IS ALLOWING HIS STAFF TO MAKE THE HARD DECISION .????? .WHILE HE TAKES CREDIT FOR IT .!!!!!! . WHAT A SCAM ARE THEY RUNNING IN THE W.H. .!!!!!!! .😎🇺🇸😎👍💔🚀🚀🚀🚀☠️☠️☠️..NO WONDER HE IS ISRAEL 🇮🇱 HAND , PUPET .!!!!!! .

  18. If your co-worker coated his balls in flour and them placed them in the deep fryer.

    He'd be in the hospital.

  19. So he said he might do what HRC actually did?? I mean didn't her campaign actually pay a foreign agent for dirt?? I didn't see the news media all up in arms about that…now because of an interview where he said he might…notice not did but might….they are now upset?? SMH

  20. Trump slashed the Air Force One budget y $1 Billion, look it up. What's wrong with having a leader who enjoys BUILDING things and putting people to WORK…lest everyone rot away in front of the computer to watch this garbage all day. Forget the politics, the show's just unfunny.

  21. OJ Simpson: If I Did It
    Donald Trump: I Did It, and Putin Loves Me, and Crooked Hillary Clinton is Bad! MAGA 2020!

  22. GO TRUMP. This is so bias, so fake, so anrgy reporting. It's not humor, it's liberal agenda wrapped in a humor ( a very bad one)… Go Trump, beat them again

  23. Donald con cheat crook CHUMP ITS INTO COLLUSION THATS THE ONLY WAY HE CAN WIN…….SAD SAD BUT TRUE
    HE SAID HES WINNING BUT WE ALL KNOW HES NOT …… WAKE UP AND SMELL THE PURPLE TYPE CHUMP
    HE ALSO SAID HES AN HONEST DUDE AND LIKES THE TRUTH WRONG PINOCHIO YOURE NOT

  24. Hillary and the whole dnc did it and paid for it in 2016………you mental midgets seem to not care about that one…….. Real Americans do. That's why we won't elect one of your criminal circus freaks to the white house in 2020……. I guess that's why you are trying to get as many illegals in to vote. You are all traitors.

  25. These people have no idea how people are sick and tired of their misconstruing every breath that comes out of Trump’s mouth. You notice how his rallies are getting bigger and bigger. They brain-tweaked us against hate, and now we detect it on them and are making us sick.

  26. Dump is drewing airplane in the oval office, when he should be drewing up plains for American health care dump is a 75yr old baby and the world knows this.

  27. Yeah. I tweeted him about all the American steel poles that he will get personal with. Virtical in front of him.. And big strong horizontal ones behind him.😬😂

  28. 45 continues on because not only is he dishonest, there are no, or an inadequate amount of checks on him with a weak House and a complicit Senate. He has free reign…just like the king he wants to be. That may be about to change, however.

  29. When Trump made that statement to Russia, my brain spun around. I just KNEW the FBI was waiting backstage with handcuffs.

  30. Jared Kushner is a corrupt entitled wimp. Looking at his face is difficult. Allegedly,Trump thinks the same.

  31. any of the world's main continuous expanses of land (Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, South America).

  32. How rediculous is it to believe Kushner got an email from "someone" telling him to meet for "something" at 4 and he doesnt enquire further… just shows up. What a moronic excuse. And his stupid answer wasnt followed up on??? Has the world gone stupid?

  33. Nature goes on forever for everyone and everything to return as everyone and everything an infinite number of times. 😢 😢 😢

  34. It took 8 million years for apes to evolve into us 8 million modern humans who will in 100 years or so be dead so relax and throw away your technology and go camping and don't come back. You are all fake in the city. Only some more than others to make money and bad programming.

  35. Edward Shields
    Please don’t impeach Trump! If removal from office was successful, we would then end up with President Pence! Does anyone wanna see that happen? Impeachment is NOT the takedown of a president. Impeachment recommends that a president be tried before the Senate. The Senate then controls the vote on whether or not to remove him from office, and it requires 2/3 majority to remove the president. The Senate does not hold this voting power of 2/3 majority to accomplish this. The best thing that we can do is VOTE ON 3rd NOVEMBER 2020. That is truly the only pole that counts. This way we will be able to take him to criminal trials and put him in jail! I am quite sure that Melania will thank us all! 😃

  36. Edward Shields
    I call on everyone, in all of the United States, to go to your local high schools and colleges to register every citizen of the United States who will be 18 years of age on 03 November 2020! It is easy to do this in most states, and very important that younger people take over the vote! I will be 64 this August and I will be 65 on voting day, but I thoroughly realize that young people need to realize that they are deciding the future of their lives, and not mine. The wonderful John Kennedy was the original person during his inauguration speech to say, “The torch has been passed to a new generation!” I was six years old, and my parents and I were thrilled! This is extremely important! Please pass this message along.

  37. The fact that he claims there’s no way he could’ve lost in Texas says a lot more to me than it probably does to anyone else but what do I know? I'm just a guy from jersey🤷🏾‍♂️

  38. "I didn't read the email." "I showed up at the meeting for the email I didn't read." So anyone who sends him an email gets a meeting? I've never gone to a meeting in my life where I didn't know who was going to be there and had some general idea of the reason. Yet these savvy businessmen go to pointless meetings with unknowns.

  39. This is the first interview where I've heard Kushner speak. And who just shows up to ANY e-mail they get that says, "come at 4pm." Even when you don't know who sent it or what it's about??? You have to be an f'ing idiot to believe that!!!

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