Pompeo: Controversy over Trump foreign campaign dirt comments a 'Washington piece of silliness'

Pompeo: Controversy over Trump foreign campaign dirt comments a 'Washington piece of silliness'
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“I came here to talk about foreign policy and this is the third time you’ve asked me about a Washington piece of silliness,” Pompeo told Wallace on “Fox News Sunday” after the host pressed him on Trump’s remarks.

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Pompeo accused the press of “chasing down a story that’s inconsistent with what I’ve seen President Trump do every day,” insisting Trump was committed to combating foreign interference in U.S. elections.

Pompeo made similar remarks later Sunday morning on CBS' "Face the Nation," saying "I think it’s pretty clear [Trump] will do the right thing" in such a scenario.

In an ABC News interview last week, Trump, asked  whether he would accept information from a foreign government or report it to the FBI, said, “I think maybe you do both.”

“I think you might want to listen. There’s nothing wrong with listening," he continued. "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 attempted to clarify the remarks on “Fox & Friends” last Friday, saying, “If I thought anything was incorrect or badly stated I'd report to the FBI or law enforcement, absolutely… of course you give it to the FBI or report it to the attorney general."