Asked if he pressed Comey to drop the Flynn investigation, Trump said, "No, no".
Friday's report quotes Trump calling ousted FBI Director James Comey "crazy" and "a real nut job".
"When I made a decision 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", the President admitted.
Meanwhile, during a news conference across town at the White House, Trump told a different story.
I'd like to take a moment to thank President Trump. "I strongly disagreed with his analysis, but I believe that he made his decisions in good faith".
"I think it is totally ridiculous".
The revelations follow news Wednesday that the U.S. Department of Justice named former FBI Director Robert S. Mueller to head a probe into allegations that Russian Federation interfered in last year's presidential elections and any ties between the Trump campaign and Moscow. Even as he erupted anew and tensions were laid bare, fellow Republicans expressed hopes the move would restore some calm to a capital plunged into chaos. Rosenstein then wrote the above-mentioned memo to Attorney General Sessions regarding Comey's conduct, and he notes that he "chose the issues to include" himself.More news: McCain: Russia probe reaching the point 'of Watergate size'
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"We'll get rid of the smoke and see where the actual issues lie", said Sen. He said it "shows we're a divided, mixed-up, not unified country" and is "a very, very negative thing", ignoring the irony of his repeated criticism of Democratic lawmakers. Trump fired Comey on May 9.
He called it "the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history". He told The Times Comey allegedly did not want to be friendly with the president and thought any personal conversations were inappropriate. Trump said as recently as Thursday that he acted on a "very strong" recommendation from Rosenstein, but Rosenstein made it clear to Congress that he drafted his memo only after Trump told him of his plans to dismiss the Federal Bureau of Investigation director. According to Wittes, Comey was particularly wary about appearing to be too close to the Trump administration following his role in the Clinton email investigations. Trump said as much in one televised interview, but the White House has offered changing justifications for the firing.
Wittes interprets Comey's remarks as a genuine reflection of how the political landscape works, specifically when trying to survive multiple administrations "without making compromises".
The president has nonetheless seemed to defend his former adviser.
The White House has laid out three purposes for Trump's trip: reaffirming US leadership, building relationships with world leaders and broadcasting a message of unity to USA allies and to the faithful of three of the world's major religions.
An FBI spokesman declined to comment. That was two days after Rosenstein named Mueller as a special counsel to investigate possible coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign to influence the 2016 presidential election.
Trump has reacted furiously to the appointment of a special counsel, a prosecutor with wide authority to investigate Russia's interference and other potential crimes uncovered.