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On Thursday morning, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy defended Trump’s admission that he would collude with foreign governments by saying there is no way Trump would actually do what he said.

“I think if you ask the president, he would be very clear about it — not allowing any foreign countries to interfere in our elections,” McCarthy said at his weekly press conference.

In fact, when Trump was asked about foreign interference in our elections, he was very clear that he would welcome it.

“I think I’d take it,” Trump said Wednesday when asked how he would deal with countries like Russia or China offering dirt on his political opponents. Trump begged Russia to interfere in the 2016 election, and they did so just hours later when hackers targeted Hillary Clinton’s emails.

On Wednesday, Trump opened the door for any foreign entity — friendly or not — to do the same, and suggested they could get in his good graces by passing along dirt about his political opponents.

“I think you might want to listen. There isn’t anything wrong with listening. If somebody called from a country, Norway, [and said] ‘we have information on your opponent, oh, I think I’d want to hear it,” Trump said Wednesday.

Rather than condemn Trump’s desire to undermine America’s elections, McCarthy claimed Trump said the opposite of what everyone heard.

Published with permission of The American Independent.

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