In his first press conference after Robert Mueller was named as special counsel for the Russian Federation investigation, Trump denied the allegations that have been lodged against him and called the speculation that he might be impeached "totally ridiculous".
Trump is responding to the appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to lead a probe of allegations that Trump's campaign collaborated with Russian Federation to sway the election. "I think it divides the country".
The remarks, delivered during a luncheon with television news anchors, including PBS NewsHour's Judy Woodruff, came the day after Mueller was chosen to take over the investigation, which examines Russia's interference in the 2016 elections as well as possible ties to Trump's campaign. "While the President has repeatedly expressed his view that General Flynn is a decent man who served and protected our country, the President has never asked Mr. Comey or anyone else to end any investigation, including any investigation involving General Flynn", it said. He then said "the wall" would help stop the flow of Colombian narcotics into the United States, referring to his promised U.S. -Mexico border barrier.
"We need a great director of the FBI", Trump said.
"Everybody, even my enemies, have said there is no collusion", he said.
Lavrov said: "So, if you're talking about that, I see no secret here". However, the House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan said that he has full confidence in Trump.
The White House on Tuesday sought to tamp down the controversy with national security adviser HR McMaster telling reporters that what the president shared with the Russian officials "was wholly appropriate to that conversation and is consistent with the routine sharing of information between the president and any leaders with whom he's engaged".
Trump told the reporters at Thursday's luncheon that "we are very, very close to announcing" a new Federal Bureau of Investigation director.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is mocking US news reports suggesting President Donald Trump shared sensitive intelligence with him about terror threats involving laptops on airplanes. A small number of lawmakers have raised impeachment for Trump, but analysts say that talk is premature.
"It shows we're a divided, mixed-up, not-unified country", Trump told the group. "I hope you can let this go", referring to the inquiry into Flynn's actions. He added that he was thinking of the "Russia thing" when he did so.