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Campaign help from Russia? Trump says it's no problem

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By Trudy Rubin

What do Queen Elizabeth II and Vladimir Putin have in common?
Well, according to President Donald Trump, there is no difference between having a chat with Britain's queen and accepting dirt about a political opponent from the Kremlin.

When asked, in an astonishing interview with ABC News, whether he would welcome campaign help from an adversary like Russia or China, Trump said, "I'd take it." He denied this amounted to election interference.

More to the dangerous point, he scoffed at the idea of reporting such foreign intervention to the FBI, saying he might or might not report it to the bureau. When reminded that FBI chief Christopher Wray says foreign meddling should be reported, the president snapped, "The FBI director is wrong."

Then, in the most delusional outburst of all, Trump tweeted Thursday that he met and talked to "foreign governments" every day, including his recent visit with the British monarch. "Should I immediately call the FBI about these calls and meetings?" he wrote. "How ridiculous!"

By last Friday, under growing criticism, the president was backpedaling, saying he would "absolutely" report dirt dug up by a foreign country. But given his fierce rhetoric to the contrary, why should anyone believe him?

This has chilling implications for the 2020 campaign.

For one thing, if the president really can't tell........

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