The president's comments came after he faced a flurry of criticism from both sides of the aisle for suggesting earlier this week that he'd accept opposition research from a foreign power.
Joe Biden on Friday released a new campaign video in which he castigates President Trump for his comments on welcoming foreign dirt on his political foes - and includes a clip of Trump asking Russian Federation for help finding Hillary Clinton's missing emails. He made the controversial remarks during an interview with ABC News, after being asked whether his son Donald Trump Jr. should have contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation when he was contacted in 2016 by a Russian lawyer who promised damaging information on Hillary Clinton.
He also told ABC he disagreed with FBI Director Christopher Wray's position that political campaigns should report suspicious communications from foreign governments.More news: Rare 'superflares' from Sun could disrupt Earth's communications
His assertion that he would be open to accepting a foreign power's help in his 2020 campaign had ricocheted through Washington, with Democrats condemning it as a call for further election interference and Republicans struggling to defend his comments.
Trump changed his position on Friday.
"Of course you have to look at it because if you don't look at it you're not going to know if it's bad", Trump said during a phone interview with Fox News. "Just so you understand, very simple, it is very simple, there was no crime". "I'd report it to law enforcement, absolutely".More news: La Liga fined for spying on fans via app
Trump was "dead wrong", Biden said. "I won't be part of any attempt to undermine our democracy or public confidence in our institutions".
Asked by ABC News what he would do if Russian Federation or another country offered him dirt on his election opponent, Trump said: "I think I'd want to hear it". But people who attended the meeting said later it focused on other matters.
Team Trump has said that the then-candidate was only joking about seeking Russia's help.More news: Over 600 United States firms urge Trump to resolve trade dispute with China