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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Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoProtests serve as backdrop to Erdoğan's visit to White House Chris Wallace: Taylor testimony 'very damaging to President Trump' The Hill's 12:30 Report: Democrats open televised impeachment hearings MORE briefly sparred with Fox News’s Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceRepublicans, Democrats brace for first public testimony in impeachment inquiry Intelligence panel Democrat: 'I think we will end up calling' some witnesses on GOP list Intelligence panel Republican: 'How we treat this whistleblower will impact whistleblowers in the future' MORE early Sunday over comments from President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP senators balk at lengthy impeachment trial Warren goes local in race to build 2020 movement 2020 Democrats make play for veterans' votes MORE suggesting he might accept intelligence from a foreign country on a political opponent.

“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."

Democrats have blasted the remarks, with Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenWarren goes local in race to build 2020 movement 2020 Democrats make play for veterans' votes 2020 Dems put focus on stemming veteran suicides MORE (D-Mass.) and Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandCharlize Theron: We didn't want the politics to overshadow 'Bombshell' Senate panel clears controversial Trump court pick Advocates step up efforts for horse racing reform bill after more deaths MORE (D-N.Y.), who are both running for president, doubling down on their calls for Trump’s impeachment. Some of Trump’s allies, including Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.), have also pushed back on the remarks.

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."