Matt Gaetz: 'Trump was triggering the media' with foreign oppo research comments

President Trump was trying to get a jolt out of the media saying he’d listen to foreign governments’ opposition research, Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., claimed.

Trump told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos he would be willing to listen to foreign governments who had information on a political rival, and Gaetz said Thursday on “Hannity” that the president created a firestorm in the media that was largely unwarranted.

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“Trump was triggering the media here, because the more they talk about foreign influence, the more they look ridiculous because the only candidate that we are certain engaged in no criminal conspiracy with a foreign power is Donald J. Trump, our president,” the lawmaker claimed.

“We also know the hypocrisy is so thick you can cut it with a knife,” he continued. “The people you mentioned were literally inviting foreign influence into our election by proliferating lies funded by the (Democratic National Committee) and told by Russians to destabilize Donald Trump’s candidacy and ultimately his presidency,” he told Sean Hannity, who previously discussed the Steele dossier earlier in the program.

Part of Trump’s interview with Stephanopoulos went public Wednesday evening.

“I think I’d want to hear it… I think you

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