FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump walks to handle the media earlier than boarding Marine One for a visit to New Mexico, on the South Garden of the White Home in Washington, U.S., September 16, 2019. REUTERS/Sarah Silbiger.
(Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday informed reporters whistleblower criticism that has roiled Washington pertains to a “completely acceptable dialog” he had.
Trump, talking within the Oval Workplace, stated that he didn’t know the identification of the whistleblower or the exact allegations however that each one of his conversations with overseas leaders had been “above board.”
The Trump administration is in a standoff with leaders of the Democrat-controlled U.S. Home of Representatives over the Aug. 12 criticism from an unknown whistleblower inside the intelligence neighborhood, which reportedly entails Trump’s communications with a overseas chief.
An intelligence neighborhood watchdog decided that the criticism was credible, associated to an pressing matter, and must be shared with congressional leaders via a course of laid out by U.S. legislation.
That dedication was overridden by appearing Director of Nationwide Intelligence Joseph Maguire after consulting with the Justice Division.
Reporting by Jan Wolfe; Modifying by Hugh Lawson