Delaney: Trump's remarks on accepting intel from foreign entity show he's not 'one-quarter of the man' McCain was

Delaney: Trump's remarks on accepting intel from foreign entity show he's not 'one-quarter of the man' McCain was
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Democratic presidential hopeful and former Rep. John DelaneyJohn Kevin DelaneyJulián Castro is behind in the polls, but he's finding a niche Democratic strategist predicts most 2020 candidates will drop out in late fall The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump hits media over 'send her back' coverage MORE (D-Md.) slammed President TrumpDonald John TrumpLiz Cheney: 'Send her back' chant 'inappropriate' but not about race, gender Booker: Trump is 'worse than a racist' Top Democrat insists country hasn't moved on from Mueller MORE's recent comments that he would listen if a foreign entity offered negative information on a political opponent, and said the president wasn't "one-quarter of the man" the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMichelle Obama weighs in on Trump, 'Squad' feud: 'Not my America or your America. It's our America' Meghan McCain shares story of miscarriage Media cried wolf: Calling every Republican a racist lost its bite MORE (R-Ariz.) was. 

"It's un-American. I mean that's the really simple way of thinking about it. It's un-American. It's un-patriotic. I think it's against the law," Delaney said Thursday on ABC's "The View."

"This is an example of, if he was one-quarter of the man Sen. McCain was, we would never have to have this conversation," he continued, addressing McCain's daughter and the show's co-host Meghan McCainMeghan Marguerite McCainMeghan McCain shares story of miscarriage Meghan McCain shares video of father shutting down supporter who called Obama an 'Arab' after Trump rally Meghan McCain slams Rand Paul over blocking 9/11 compensation funding: 'This is a disgrace' MORE



Trump told ABC News's George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosTrump campaign aide says president 'a compassionate man' and 'not a racist' Bullock: I would not have endorsed health care for undocumented immigrants on debate stage Trump campaign aide defends tweets: Congresswomen made 'very disturbing statements' MORE that he would listen if a foreign entity offered damaging information on a political opponent. 

"I think you might want to listen. There’s nothing wrong with listening," Trump said in the interview that aired on Thursday. "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 the comments on Twitter on Thursday, saying that his contacts with foreign governments were part of his job. 

"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 said in a tweet. 

"Should I immediately call the FBI about these calls and meetings?" he continued. "How ridiculous! I would never be trusted again."

While Democrats have come out in force to condemn the remarks, Republicans have been more muted in their responses. 

"No one who is stepping forward," Delaney said when asked whether there was anyone in the GOP willing to come out against Trump's remarks. "No one who has the courage of their conviction to actually step forward, and say the right thing. Now is a moment where leaders need to step forward whether you're Democrat, Republican, Independent, it doesn't matter, and say it is un-American for a sitting president to make an offer to collude with a foreign government." 

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyThe Hill's Morning Report: Trump walks back from 'send her back' chants History in the House: Congress weathers unprecedented week EU official in Canada says he feels 'at home' there because no one was shouting 'send him back' MORE (R-Calif.) said on Thursday that Americans should stand united on not allowing a foreign government to interfere in elections but defended Trump. 

"I've watched this president stand up against these foreign entities and he would not allow any foreign country to interfere in our elections," he said.