2020 hopeful John Delaney on 'The View': 'Un-American' to listen if foreigners offer info on opponents

PHOTO: Democratic candidate for president Rep. John Delaney was on "The View" to discuss his strategy to winning his partys nomination. PlayABC
WATCH John Delaney calls foreign intel on 2020 opponents 'un-American'

Former Rep. John Delaney on ABC's "The View" on Thursday weighed in on ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos' exclusive interview in the Oval Office with President Donald Trump saying the president's response was "unpatriotic".

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On Wednesday, Stephanopoulos asked whether Trump's campaign would accept damaging information against his 2020 rivals during the upcoming presidential race from foreigners – such as China or Russia – or hand it over the FBI. Trump said, "I think maybe you do both."

"It's un-American. I mean that's a really simple way of thinking about it. It's un-American," Delaney said. "It's unpatriotic. "I think it's against the law, but putting aside the law for a second, it's completely un-American."

The former U.S. representative for suburban Maryland called out Republican leadership for being "enablers" of the president.

"No one has the courage or their conviction to actually step forward and say the right thing," he said. "Now is a moment where leaders need to step forward, whether you're democrat, republican, independent, it doesn't matter, and say it is un-American for a sitting president to make an offer to collude with a foreign government."

Delaney has repeatedly stopped short of calling for the president's impeachment. Most recently, he tweeted "I support Nancy Pelosi on the best path forward to hold the President accountable for his abuse of power, his welcoming of Russian interference, and his actions to obstruct justice."

Delaney appeared on the show to discuss his plan for winning his party's nomination and the right to face off against President Donald Trump for the White House. He announced his plans to run for president just six months after Trump's inauguration in an effort beat the competition to Iowa and begin building support there, despite lower name recognition. Landing among the top finishers in February's Iowa caucuses, Delaney has told ABC News, is the campaign's top priority.

In the wake of Wednesday's deadline for polls that can affect who makes it on to the stage, Delaney appears to have made the cut by reaching 1% in at least three qualifying polls. He's expected to continue his punches against Medicare-for-All, which attracted a chorus of boos at a grassroots event in San Francisco. The former congressman has declared his support for universal health care, but calls Medicare-for-All "bad policy and bad politics."

PHOTO: Democratic presidential candidate Rep. John Delaney, speaks during the 2019 California Democratic Party State Organizing Convention in San Francisco, June 2, 2019. Jeff Chiu/AP
Democratic presidential candidate Rep. John Delaney, speaks during the 2019 California Democratic Party State Organizing Convention in San Francisco, June 2, 2019.

The event turned into an online squabble with New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez who urged the more moderate candidate to "please sashay away." Delaney, in turn, called for the first-term congresswoman to debate him on the subject, but she, through a spokesperson, responded "Lord no."

"The problem with Medicare for all, it's actually really simple, is that it makes private insurance illegal. And 150 million Americans have private insurance, and 70% of them like it according to polling,” Delaney said. “So if we want to actually create universal health care, we're never going to do it by trying to get 150 million Americans to give up what they want.”