Others, such as Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren of MA, called on Congress to begin impeachment proceedings following the president's remarks.
"They were looking to get us for lies or slight misstatements", Trump said.
The president still said he would "of course" look at the information in order to determine whether or not it was "incorrect".
"I think it's a mistake", said Graham, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. The president also said that FBI director Christopher Wray, whom he appointed, "is wrong" to say politicians should come to the bureau directly if they are ever presented with an offer from a foreign power.
Others were outspoken in their discomfort. Ignoring his own massive spending to influence vote outcomes, the Republican-turned-Democrat focused on the unverified accounts of Russian social media spending amounting to, even if true and directed by the Kremlin, a small fraction of what Bloomberg and his fellow plutocrats spend regularly to buy elections-not to mention the hundreds of millions spent by Washington to install and overthrow governments all over the world. "Period", said Republican Senator Mike Rounds of South Dakota.
But Trump told Fox yesterday: "Of course, you have to look at it. but of course, you give it to the Federal Bureau of Investigation or report it to the attorney general or somebody like that".
Multi-billionaire and former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg weighed in on his Bloomberg website, scolding Trump for failing to recognize the alleged danger of foreign meddling in America's "democratic elections".
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Mr Trump also maintained he would still at least review any such foreign-supplied information.
"So a president can't obstruct justice?" "Trump's an idiot", another person, not as much in the birthday spirit, said. Apparently, Trump knew about the phrase "call the FBI" in connection with politically accepted to response.
"The President has given Russian Federation the green light to interfere in the 2020 election", Warner wrote in a Twitter post.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reacted to Trump's remarks during a press conference on June 13, saying that the president is unable to tell right from wrong and accused him of being involved in a "political coverup". "It's against the law", he said.
Democratic presidential candidates who renewed calls for Trump's impeachment included U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren and Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Representative Eric Swalwell.
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There are times when Trump commits mistakes that politically hurt him.