Trump on addressing election interference with Putin: 'I may'

Trump on addressing election interference with Putin: 'I may'
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rails against impeachment in speech to Texas farmers Trump administration planning to crack down on 'birth tourism': report George Conway on Trump adding Dershowitz, Starr to legal team: 'Hard to see how either could help' MORE in a new interview would not commit to addressing foreign election interference with Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinCountries reach agreement in Berlin on Libya cease-fire push, arms embargo DOJ releases new tranche of Mueller witness documents Russia's shakeup has implications for Putin, Medvedev and the US MORE when they meet at the G20 summit later this month. 

Asked by host Chuck ToddCharles (Chuck) David ToddGOP senator 'open' to impeachment witnesses 'within the scope' of articles Sunday shows - All eyes on Senate impeachment trial GOP senator, Chuck Todd spar over whether Lev Parnas should testify in Senate impeachment trial MORE on NBC's "Meet the Press" if he'd directly address the issue with Putin, Trump said, "I may."


"Are you going to tell him not to do it?" Todd asked. 

"I may if you'd like me to do it, I'll do that," Trump replied. 

The president later dismissed the significance of his recent comments about potentially listening to damaging information against an opponent from a foreign power during an election.

Todd noted that some people interpreted the remarks as Trump inviting Putin to interfere in a U.S. election again, prompting Trump to shoot back, "Oh, that's not true."

"My answer last week was both. I said both. I'd do both," Trump said, before claiming that the news media misinterpreted his remarks. "Except they didn't put it on. And when they did put it on people understood. But they didn't put it on because they put a different segment on. So they ask me a question. But when I said, 'Yeah, I'd do both,' people saw that in the last version of it because the thing played like all weekend and on Friday. So it's just more fake news. Chuck, there's so much fake news."

Special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSchiff: Trump acquittal in Senate trial would not signal a 'failure' Jeffries blasts Trump for attack on Thunberg at impeachment hearing Live coverage: House Judiciary to vote on impeachment after surprise delay MORE's report, which was released in April, detailed Moscow's efforts to interfere in the 2016 election. The report noted that Mueller did not find sufficient evidence to conclude that a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Moscow took place. 

Trump sparked outrage from GOP and Democratic lawmakers earlier this month after he suggested in an interview with ABC News that he'd listen to damaging information on a political opponent from a foreign power. 

"I think you might want to listen. There’s nothing wrong with listening," he 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."

Trump defended his remarks, equating accepting information from a foreign government to his various diplomatic communications with foreign leaders as part of his role in the White House. 

"I meet and talk to 'foreign governments' every day. I just met with the Queen of England (U.K.), the Prince of Whales, 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.