Trump Hid Details Of Talks With Putin From Own Staff

Nellie Chapman
January 13, 2019

"I couldn't care less", he said.

In the same interview with Pirro, Trump referred to the Times' article as "the most insulting article I've ever had written [about me]".

On Friday, the New York Times published an article stating that federal law enforcement officials were so concerned about Trump's behaviour in the days after he fired James Comey from the FBI that they opened an investigation into whether he had been working for Russian Federation against the interests of the United States.

"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 repeated to Pirro his frequent criticism that the investigation is a "hoax". The FBI move came after the firing of former FBI director James Comey and Trump's comments linking the firing to probes into whether his 2016 presidential campaign colluded with the Russians.

Such standard reactions from Trump "do nothing to address the incredibly serious nature of these allegations", said Democratic Congressman Jerrold Nadler, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.

Trump said he fired Comey because 'he was a awful liar, and he did a bad job as the Federal Bureau of Investigation director'.

This alleged inquiry was eventually merged into the Mueller investigation. The Post said it wasn't clear if there were other instances when Trump took his interpreter's notes after meeting with Putin.

In Helsinki, the two presidents spoke behind closed doors for two hours with only their interpreters present.

After that meeting, Trump and Putin held a memorable joint press conference during which Trump doubted US intelligence agencies' conclusions about Russian election interference.

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No evidence has publicly emerged in the 20 months since Comey was sacked that indicate Trump is a secret agent, or that he engaged in a criminal conspiracy with the Russian government.

Trump reacted with outrage during a telephone interview broadcast on Fox News Channel after host Jeanine Pirro asked whether he now or has ever worked for Russian Federation.

There are no detailed records of five personal meetings President Donald Trump has had with Russian President Vladimir Putin, The Washington Post reported Saturday, citing USA officials.

At one point, he even reportedly took the interpreter's notes from the meeting and ordered the interpreter to keep quiet.

Speaking to Fox News after the Washington Post story was published, Trump dismissed the notion that he had taken steps to stifle the meetings' contents.

USA officials learned of this conduct after a 2017 meeting between Trump and Putin in Hamburg, Germany, when a White House adviser and a senior State Department official wanted more information than was provided by former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who also attended the meeting, the Post reports.

What did Mr Trump say about the Putin story?

I'm not keeping anything under wraps. Anybody could have listened to that meeting. The whole Russian Federation thing it's a hoax, it's a total hoax, everybody knows it'.

The US president said he met one-on-one with many world leaders but the meetings with Mr Putin were all that were focused on.

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