President Donald Trump said in the 2020 election on Tuesday that he wants “no help from any country,” and claimed they gave him no help.
CNN’s Jim Acosta asked Trump whether he would promise not to accept foreign help in his upcoming election in the wake of intelligence reports that Russia may seek to interfere again as they did in 2016.
Trump wants no help
“I don’t want help from any country. And they have offered no support from any country to me”. Trump said at a news conference held in India.
He then engaged with Acosta on a back and forth about CNN’s reality record.
The president had declined to say earlier in the news conference. Whether he believes in U.S. intelligence assessments that Russia is trying to interfere with the presidential election in 2020.
Instead of asking directly if he believes that intelligence. And what his message might be to Russian President Vladimir Putin, Trump turned to reports about Bernie Sanders, the Democratic presidential front runner.
Trump said he had never been briefed on intelligence showing a Russian preference for Sanders: “They never told me anything about that,” Trump said. “it was kind of odd thing that they went to Bernie”. And he claimed, without evidence, that intelligence leaks of Russia were coming from House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff.
“If they’re not stopping it, I can’t imagine people not going after them,” He said.
He also said that his acting National Intelligence director was not pushed out for disloyalty.
“Not at all. They pushed him out because he had to get out frankly if he wasn’t pushed out,” he said.
He said he didn’t think it was a “big problem” affecting “very many people”. “We want people to be good for the country, loyal to it because that was a disgraceful situation,” he said.