Please, Mr. President, let's not go down that road again.
LAST WEEK, in an interview with ABC News, President Trump responded to a question about how he'd handle a foreign entity offering dirt on a political rival in the 2020 election. He said, "I think I'd want to hear it."
Asked if he would feel he or his campaign would be obliged to call in the FBI, Trump said no.
Reminded that FBI Director Christopher Wray, a Trump appointee, had told a congressional committee any campaign approached by a foreign government or entity should report it immediately to the agency, Trump did not mince words.
"The FBI director is wrong," he said. "Life doesn't work like that."
LET THOSE WORDS digest for awhile. The words are not vague, or ambiguous. So, if Russia - or Norway, or China, or Mexico, or North Korea - tried to interfere in the 2020 election to pass political dirt to any campaign, there should be no need not only to avoid receiving and using the material, but also no need to notify authorities.
Let's hope the President mispoke. Or that cooler heads prevail and establish a higher standard. Or at least that Director Wray and authorities take a stronger stance.
Setting the Mueller report aside, the entire depth and breadth of America's intelligence community unanimously left no doubt there were serious outside foreign influence attempts targeting the 2016 U.S. elections. Every American has a stake in preventing future attacks. Obviously, this kind of message is not helpful going forward.