White House refuses to say if conversations are being taped

Lauren Perry
May 13, 2017

Earlier Friday, Trump tweeted that "it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with ideal accuracy" and that "the best thing to do" might be to cancel future press briefings in favor of hand-written responses. Trump wrote. "Maybe the best thing to do would be to cancel all future "press briefings" and hand out written responses for the sake of accuracy???"

"There was no evidence whatsoever, at the time, of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians", said Clapper.

"What it really means is, 'Can I count on you not to make me a target of this investigation, '" Mr Tribe said.

Mr Trump, in an interview, raised new questions about the motivations behind his decision to fire Mr Comey.

Democrats accuse the Republican president of trying to dent the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe by firing Comey, and have called for a special counsel to investigate the Russian Federation issue.

"The president has nothing further to add on that", he said, adding that he didn't think it was a threat.

Trump's tweet on the China deal followed the administration's Thursday-evening announcement saying it had agreed with Beijing on improving the China-market access of USA beef producers, electronic-payments providers and natural-gas exporters, among others.

Apparently angered by criticism of the different accounts of the sacking, Mr Trump used another of his tweets on Friday to say: "As a very active President with lots of things happening, it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with ideal accuracy!" The next day, Ms Sanders said the president asked Mr Rosenstein to put his concerns in writing. He also said that they should send over any conversations pertaining to the hiring and firing of former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Mr Spicer said the president was a "little dismayed" that the attempts of his press team to give out information were being turned into a "game of gotcha" by the media.

Read: Why investors still aren't freaking out over the Comey firing.

The White House Correspondents' Association was quick to respond, condemning the proposal and stressing the importance of press briefings.

Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a campaign of interference in the election, US intelligence agencies concluded in January, aimed at tilting the vote in Trump's favor.

"In fact when I chose to just do it, I said to myself, I said, 'You know, this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made-up story, it's an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should have won", the Republican president told NBC.

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