Trump lashes out over dual reports on relationship with Russian Federation

Trump has concealed details of his face-to-face encounters with Putin from senior officials in administration

Trump has concealed details of his face-to-face encounters with Putin from senior officials in administration

Pirro then asked the president if he has ever worked on behalf of Russian Federation, and Trump replied, "I think it's the most insulting thing I've ever been asked", but did not issue an outright denial.

President Trump blasts the New York Times following their recent report that the FBI investigated if he was working on behalf of Russian Federation.

The report about Trump's meetings with Putin follows a Friday report from The New York Times that the F.B.I. opened an investigation into whether or not Trump was acting on Russia's behalf after Trump fired former F.B.I. director James Comey in 2017.

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.

"Are you now or have you ever worked for Russia", Pirro asked him with a smile. But Trump pointed out that having discussions with world leaders is something that is normal and should not be scrutinized. "I think it's the most insulting article I've ever had written and if you read the [New York Times] article you see that they found absolutely nothing".

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.

Republican lawmakers generally defended the president, saying he had been tougher on Russian Federation than his Democratic predecessor Barack Obama, but some had questions. The interpreter revealed only that Mr. Trump replied "I believe you" when Putin denied meddling in the USA elections, according to the Post.

A protester with a poster of Trump and Putin outside the Phoenix Convention Center where Trump was holding a rally in August 2017. The FBI also considered whether the Republican president's firing of Mr Comey amounted to obstruction of justice. "I do it with all countries".

Trump himself, characteristically, took to Twitter on Saturday to discuss his firing of Comey. "That meeting is up for grabs".

"This is just at odds with how presidents have conducted diplomacy for decades and decades In the United States", said Washington Post reporter Greg Miller in a Sunday interview with NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro.

Reuters could not independently verify details of the Post report. Mr. Trump said he believed the Russian president, contradicting the conclusions of the USA intelligence community. "By failing to allow your team in the room, by failing to establish a firm record in line with existing US law of what actually happened, you are ceding the narrative to Russian intelligence and Vladimir Putin without having any bit of evidence or a foundation of establishing a narrative on your own". "I have President Putin, he just said, it's not Russian Federation".

" I would hate to see it", he said.

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