President Trump Fires Back At ‘Insulting’ Questions Raised By NYT Article

Nellie Chapman
January 14, 2019

He was also accused by The Washington Post of withholding information about talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

In one instance, following a meeting with Putin in Hamburg in 2017, Trump took personal possession of notes from an interpreter and directed a linguist - who was there to help translate the conversation - not to discuss details from the meeting with anyone, including senior-level administration officials.

The president had nothing new to offer on the government shutdown or border wall dispute, as the Democrats have not been "acting responsibly", he said.

"I'm not keeping anything under wraps, I couldn't care less".

"I mean it's so ridiculous", he added, before taking a swipe at Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos, who has been in the news lately for an ugly divorce after his sexts with former "Extra" and Fox News host Lauren Sanchez surfaced.

Trump said it was the "most insulting" question he'd ever been asked. "I had a conversation like every president does".

"Outrageous", former Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott called the obsession with secrecy.

In a strongly worded reaction, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said, "This is absurd".

The Washington Post story is the second in 24 hours to highlight Trump's unusual dealings with Russian Federation and its leader.

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Though the Baker interview was conducted behind closed doors, in an unclassified setting, as part of a joint Republican-led House committee investigation into FBI and DOJ actions during the 2016 campaign, multiple congressional sources said it has been with the Justice Department and FBI for review before a public release. According to the newspaper, law enforcement officials were so concerned they began investigating whether the President was working on behalf of Russian Federation against USA interests.

His press secretary, Sarah Sanders, said in a statement Saturday that the latest charges are "absurd", adding, "James Comey was sacked because he's a disgraced partisan hack". James Comey was sacked because he's a disgraced partisan hack, and his Deputy Andrew McCabe, who was in charge at the time, is a known liar fired by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Asked by Pirro if he'd ever worked on behalf of Russia, Trump did not directly answer the question.

"I think it's the most insulting thing I have ever been asked", Trump said. "And if you read the article, you'd see that they found absolutely nothing".

The New York Times last week reported that Manafort attempted to pass polling data during the 2016 campaign to Mr. Deripaska.

President Donald Trump avoided directly answering when asked whether he now is or has ever worked for Russian Federation after a published report said law enforcement officials, concerned about his behavior after he fired FBI Director James Comey in 2017, had begun investigating that possibility.

Comey appeared to respond to Trump's tweet, writing on Twitter: "I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made". Trump repeated to Pirro his frequent criticism that the investigation is a "hoax".

After a G-20 meeting in Hamburg in July 2017, the president took possession of his interpreter's notes and instructed the linguist "not to discuss what had transpired with other administration officials", the Post reported, citing current and former US officials.

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