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 DelaneyPoll: Biden holds 20-point lead in South Carolina Deval Patrick: a short runway, but potential to get airborne Delaney to take message to Iowa voters on Sunday with infomercial MORE (D-Md.) slammed President TrumpDonald John TrumpDem senator says Zelensky was 'feeling the pressure' to probe Bidens 2020 Dems slam Trump decision on West Bank settlements Trump calls latest impeachment hearings 'a great day for Republicans' 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 McCainConservative group cuts ties with Michelle Malkin Democratic debate at Tyler Perry's could miss the mark with black voters Donald Trump's 2020 election economic gamble 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 McCainTrump Jr. visit to 'The View' boosts ratings to highest in six months Meghan McCain to Trump Jr. on 'The View': 'You and your family have hurt a lot of people' Trump Jr. defends father on 'The View': He's 'controversial,' but 'took on the establishment' MORE




Trump told ABC News's George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosLawmakers spar over upcoming Sondland testimony GOP rep on impeachment: 'I think the evidence is crumbling' Senate Republicans can acquit Trump — but they cannot defend his conduct 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 McCarthyFormer Speaker Boehner's official portrait unveiled Saagar Enjeti blasts alleged Epstein cover-up by media Harris introduces bill to prevent California wildfires 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.