Avenatti on 2020 campaign: 'The truth is my policy issue'

Avenatti on 2020 campaign: 'The truth is my policy issue'
© UPI Photo

Attorney Michael Avenatti on Sunday offered his first policy views on a number of key issues since declaring he's considering a run for the presidency in 2020, saying his priority will be "the truth.".

"What's happened unfortunately -- especially over the last two years, three years with this president, Donald Trump -- is, we‘ve lost track of holding him accountable as it relates to the truth and facts and evidence," Avenatti, who rose to prominence while representing adult-film star Stormy Daniels in her lawsuit against President TrumpDonald John TrumpBill Kristol resurfaces video of Pence calling Obama executive action on immigration a 'profound mistake' ACLU says planned national emergency declaration is 'clear abuse of presidential power' O'Rourke says he'd 'absolutely' take down border wall near El Paso if he could MORE, said on ABC's "This Week."

Michael Avenatti: "We've lost track of holding (Trump) accountable as it relates to the truth and facts and evidence ... I'm going to put Donald Trump on trial. We're going to have a trial one way or the other. The only question is how many jurors are we going to have" #ThisWeek pic.twitter.com/Hw5iPOAXb6

ADVERTISEMENT

Avenatti, who delivered a speech in Iowa this weekend, was then pressed on his views regarding a handful of issues Trump has faced during his presidency.

Avenatti said he opposes abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), but added it should be reined in. 

He also said he supports expanding Medicare, a position held by a number of 2020 hopefuls. Asked how he would pay for the proposal, Avenatti said he'd start with "not building a wall on our southern border."

He offered few specifics on his foreign policy strategy, noting that he would not send threatening tweets toward Iran.

Avenatti did say he would meet face-to-face with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, something Democrats criticized Trump  for doing earlier this year. 

In addition to brief responses on policy matters, Avenatti touted his credentials as an attorney and acknowledged his weakness may be that he's never held elected office.

He has pledged to run for the Democratic nomination in 2020 if he doesn't believe another candidate can defeat Trump. Avenatti would not comment on any particular candidate on Sunday.

"I’m not going to opine as to whether I think a particular candidate can beat Donald Trump or not," Avenatti said when presented with names like former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenO’Rourke heading to Wisconsin amid 2020 speculation NBC, CNN to host first two Democratic presidential primary debates Feinstein says she thinks Biden will run after meeting with him MORE, Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenWarren's 'ultra wealth' tax is misleading Hillicon Valley: New York says goodbye to Amazon's HQ2 | AOC reacts: 'Anything is possible' | FTC pushes for record Facebook fine | Cyber threats to utilities on the rise O’Rourke heading to Wisconsin amid 2020 speculation MORE (D-Mass.) and Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersHillicon Valley: New York says goodbye to Amazon's HQ2 | AOC reacts: 'Anything is possible' | FTC pushes for record Facebook fine | Cyber threats to utilities on the rise O’Rourke heading to Wisconsin amid 2020 speculation Amazon to pay Bernie Sanders in federal income taxes: report MORE (I-Vt.).

He added that Democrats have "lacked fighters" who will stand up to Trump.