President Donald Trump on Thursday faced the Washington press for the first time publicly since abruptly firing FBI Director James Comey last week.
Here are the highlights from the president’s joint news conference Thursday alongside Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos:
“I respect the move” of appointment a special counsel to investigate Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election, the president said. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced Wednesday that former FBI Director Robert Mueller would lead the FBI probe into potential collusion between Trump associates and Russian officials.
“But the entire thing has been a witch hunt,” Trump claimed, echoing an earlier tweet. “There is no collusion between certainly myself and my campaign, but I can always speak for myself and the Russians, zero,” he added. “I think it divides the country. I think we have a very divided country because of that and many other things.”
Trump suggested that his border wall is still going up. Trump said he affirmed the United States’ willingness to aid Colombia in targeting and eliminating drug trafficking networks, illicit financing and cocaine production. “The drug epidemic is poisoning too many American lives, and we’re going to stop it,” Trump pledged. “Many different ways — one of them will be the wall.”