President Trump calls reports that campaign had contact with Russian Federation 'fake news'

17 February, 2017, 00:17 | Author: Ora Austin
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Trump tweeted angrily Wednesday that The New York Times and Washington Post got information "illegally".

Trump hit out at the press for reporting on highly-sourced leaks regarding Flynn's conversations with Russia's ambassador to the USA and his campaign staff's alleged communication with Russian Federation.

President Trump, in turn, must now fear his own intelligence officials because they have shown they are willing to get Flynn fired and the president and vice president humiliated, Napolitano said. The president said the White House would issue a revised order soon even though Trump himself said he considered the rollout of the original rule to be "perfect".

Focus on Trump's Russia ties intensified after it emerged last week, via numerous leaks from intelligence sources, that former national security adviser Michael Flynn had discussed Obama's sanctions with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak on the day they were announced.

(President Trump) "We're going to find the leakers".

Two days after the interview, acting Attorney General Sally Q. Yates informed Donald McGahn, Trump's White House counsel, about the contents of the intercepted phone call. Pence had defended Flynn in an interview with CBS on January 15, saying Flynn "didn't discuss anything having to do with the United States' decision to expel diplomats or impose censure against Russian Federation".

Flynn acknowledged in his February 14 resignation letter that he misled Pence.

The US leader said retired army general Flynn had been treated "very, very unfairly by the media", including what he called "fake media".

Dianne Feinstein of California, asked the attorney general and Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey for documents related to Flynn's resignation, and a briefing in two weeks. Trump criticized the "fake media" for treating Flynn "very, very unfairly". The choice of such a flawed man as Mr Flynn to fill a vital role looks reckless.

"I don't think he did anything wrong; if anything, he did something right", he said.

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The characterization of the media's handling of the Flynn saga as "fake" is, well, fake.

Flynn told Vice President Mike Pence (and reportedly FBI investigators) that he hadn't talked about sanctions with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. But White House spokesman Sean Spicer, at his daily briefing on February 14, did confirm that the two men spoke about the sanctions.

The hour-and-17-minute news conference came one day after the president gave the cold shoulder to reporters from major news media at a briefing with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, calling only on two reporters from news organizations friendly to the president.

Trump also gave an inaccurate - or at the very least incomplete - answer when he was first asked on February 10 about reports that Flynn spoke with Kislyak about sanctions.

As Trump left the room he did not respond to questions from reporters about whether anybody on his campaign had any contact with Russians before the elections.

"I have to say, "Fox & Friends" in the morning, they're very honorable people", he said. What report is that? When a reporter from a Jewish publication asked Trump to address the rise in anti-Semitic hate crimes around the country, Trump shot back at him for supposedly asking an unfair question."It's not a fair question", Trump said to the reporter, and then told him to "sit down."Trump then went on to say that he was the least anti-Semitic person in the world".

Trump denied knowing anything about Flynn discussing sanctions with the Russian ambassador when, in fact, he did. Keep in mind the public, and as far as we know, the vice president, learned about Flynn's calls from those newspapers, not the president. "Russian Federation is a ruse", Trump said, echoing an earlier assertion that the story was an attempt by Democrats to justify Hillary Clinton's election loss.

Donald Trump is "evaluating the situation" in regard to his national security advisor, the White House has said, as pressure continued to mount on Michael Flynn.

"The false, frightful fake reporting makes it much harder to make a deal with Russian Federation", the president continued.

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