Avenatti on 2020 campaign: 'The truth is my policy issue'

Attorney Michael Avenatti on Sunday offered his first policy views on a number of key issues since declaring he’s considering a run for the presidency in 2020, saying his priority will be “the truth.”.

“What’s happened unfortunately — especially over the last two years, three years with this president, Donald Trump — is, we‘ve lost track of holding him accountable as it relates to the truth and facts and evidence,” Avenatti, who rose to prominence while representing adult-film star Stormy Daniels in her lawsuit against President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE, said on ABC’s “This Week.”

Michael Avenatti: “We’ve lost track of holding (Trump) accountable as it relates to the truth and facts and evidence … I’m going to put Donald Trump on trial. We’re going to have a trial one way or the other. The only question is how many jurors are we going to have” #ThisWeek pic.twitter.com/Hw5iPOAXb6


Avenatti, who delivered a speech in Iowa this weekend, was then pressed on his views regarding a handful of issues Trump has faced during his presidency.

Avenatti said he opposes abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), but added it should be reined in. 

He also said he supports expanding Medicare, a position held by a number of 2020 hopefuls. Asked how he would pay for the proposal, Avenatti said he’d start with “not building a wall on our southern border.”

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He offered few specifics on his foreign policy strategy, noting that he would not send threatening tweets toward Iran.

Avenatti did say he would meet face-to-face with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, something Democrats criticized Trump  for doing earlier this year. 

In addition to brief responses on policy matters, Avenatti touted his credentials as an attorney and acknowledged his weakness may be that he’s never held elected office.

He has pledged to run for the Democratic nomination in 2020 if he doesn’t believe another candidate can defeat Trump. Avenatti would not comment on any particular candidate on Sunday.

“I’m not going to opine as to whether I think a particular candidate can beat Donald Trump or not,” Avenatti said when presented with names like former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE, Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.) and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.).

He added that Democrats have “lacked fighters” who will stand up to Trump.