Trump avoids direct answer over ties with Russian Federation

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President Trump has met with Vladimir Putin face-to-face five times so far, but even high-ranking members of his own administration are unsure exactly what they said to each other, reports the Washington Post.

Comey at the time was leading an investigation into Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 USA presidential election.

President Trump was so intent on keeping his chats with Vladimir Putin secret, he once made his interpreter turn over his notes and promise to never discuss them, current and former U.S. officials told The Washington Post. "I mean, it's so ridiculous", he told Fox News host Jeanine Pirro, without directly denying the Post story.

Officials also told the Post that they never received a full, detailed account of Trump's meeting with Putin in Helsinki in July 2018.

Trump also took the opportunity during the 25-minute interview to touch on several other topics including the government shutdown, the US-Mexico border, and a potential race against former Vice President Joe Biden.

President Donald Trump has avoided giving a direct answer when asked if he now is or has ever worked for Russian Federation after a published report said his behavior gave federal law enforcement officials reason to begin investigating whether he had worked for the US adversary. "I couldn't care less".

As a result, USA officials said there is no detailed record, even in classified files, of Trump's face-to-face interactions with the Russian leader at five locations over the past two years. "I think it's the most insulting article I've ever had written, and if you read the article you see that they found absolutely nothing".

A published report shows federal law enforcement officials were so concerned about Mr Trump's behaviour after he fired James Comey from the FBI that they began investigating whether he had been working for the U.S. adversary against American interests.

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In a strongly worded reaction, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said, "This is absurd".

The case was then referred to special counsel Robert Mueller as part of his investigation into whether Russian agents interfered with the 2016 election, the Times reported, adding that it is not clear whether the special counsel has continued that part of the investigation.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who previously served as Trump's Central Intelligence Agency director, blasted the Times story, when asked about it on the CBS "Face the Nation" show.

Pirro went on to ask Trump, "are you now or have you ever worked for Russia, Mr. President?" "Anyone could have listened to that meeting". Mr. Trump said he believed the Russian president, contradicting the conclusions of the US intelligence community.

What did the Washington Post report? Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), the new committee chairman, to hold investigative hearings into whether Trump has been "compromised by" Russian Federation.

"In fact, when I was sacked as director, I still didn't know whether there was anything to it", Comey said in testimony, according to the transcript.

As a result, US officials told the Post, there exists "no detailed record, even in classified files", of Trump's meetings with the Russian leader at five locations over the past two years.

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