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

Lester Mason
January 14, 2019

One day after the New York Times made the claim, Pirro posed the question to Trump in an interview on Saturday night, asking: 'Are you now or have you ever worked for Russia, Mr. President?'

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.

A White House spokesman told the Post that the Trump administration has looked to "improve the relationship with Russia" after the Obama administration "pursued a flawed "reset" policy that sought engagement for the sake of engagement".

Speaking to Fox News' Jeanine Pirro, Trump denied the reporting and said, "you'd see that they found absolutely nothing". 'I think it's the most insulting article I've ever had written'. But Trump's behavior in the days around Comey's May 2017 firing as FBI director, specifically two instances in which he seemed to tie Comey's ousting to the Russian Federation investigation, helped trigger the counterintelligence part of the investigation, according to the newspaper.

"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", she said in a statement published on Twitter by NBC News' Geoff Bennett. The Times reported Mueller also took over the counterintelligence investigation, but the paper said it is unclear whether that aspect of his investigation is ongoing.

Trump also objected to a report in The Washington Post that said he went to extraordinary lengths to hide details of his conversations with Russian President Vladimir Putin even from high-ranking officials in his own administration.

Citing current and former US officials, the paper said that on at least one occasion, in Hamburg in 2017, Trump took away his interpreter's notes following talks and instructed that person not to discuss what had transpired with other officials. Only Putin's interpreter was present for that conversation.


US officials only learned of Trump's actions when two aides sought information from the interpreter beyond a readout from then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the Post said.

A Gallup poll last summer found that 58 percent of Americans surveyed think it's important to try to improve the relationship between the US and Russian Federation and that 36 percent think the USA should take strong diplomatic and economic steps against Russian Federation. Little is known about what transpired behind closed doors.

"Why not release the conversation that you had with President Putin in Helsinki?"

"I would, I don't care", the president told Pirro.

"I had a conversation like every president does". "Unlike President Obama, who let Russian Federation and other foreign adversaries push America around, President Trump has actually been tough on Russian Federation". "I do it with all countries. I'm not keeping anything under wraps". "Anyone could have listened to that meeting".

What did the Washington Post report?

When Warner was asked whether he thinks Trump acted wittingly or unwittingly as a Russian agent, he cited a report alleging that Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign manager, shared internal polling data with a Russian businessman believed to be connected to Russian intelligence.

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