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USA: 'Russia is fake news' - Trump dismisses Kremlin connection in marathon press conference

United States, Washington DC
February 16, 2017 at 21:06 GMT +00:00 · Published

US President Donald Trump reiterated his lack of dealings with Russia during a long press conference in Washington DC, on Thursday. The press conference was called so Trump could announce the Alexander Acosta as his pick for Department of Labour Secretary, though the US leader touched on a number of subjects during the event.

"I own nothing in Russia. I have no loans in Russia. I don't have any deals in Russia. President Putin called me up very nicely to congratulate me on the win of the election," stated Trump, before adding "So that's the extent... Russia is fake news. This is fake news put out by the media."

Trump commented on his former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, saying "Mike Flynn is a fine person, and I asked for his resignation, he respectfully gave it. He is a man who, there was a certain amount of information given to Vice President [Mike] Pence who is with us today, and I was not happy with the way that information was given. He didn't have to do that because what he did wasn't wrong, what he did in terms of information he saw."

Referring to criticism he gets from the media on his actions, Trump stated "In each of these actions I'm keeping my promises to the American people. These are campaign promises. Some people are so surprised that we have strong borders. Well, that's what I've been talking about for a year and a half - strong borders. They're so surprised - 'Oh, he's having strong borders', - well that's what I've been talking about to the press and everybody else."

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US President Donald Trump reiterated his lack of dealings with Russia during a long press conference in Washington DC, on Thursday. The press conference was called so Trump could announce the Alexander Acosta as his pick for Department of Labour Secretary, though the US leader touched on a number of subjects during the event.

"I own nothing in Russia. I have no loans in Russia. I don't have any deals in Russia. President Putin called me up very nicely to congratulate me on the win of the election," stated Trump, before adding "So that's the extent... Russia is fake news. This is fake news put out by the media."

Trump commented on his former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, saying "Mike Flynn is a fine person, and I asked for his resignation, he respectfully gave it. He is a man who, there was a certain amount of information given to Vice President [Mike] Pence who is with us today, and I was not happy with the way that information was given. He didn't have to do that because what he did wasn't wrong, what he did in terms of information he saw."

Referring to criticism he gets from the media on his actions, Trump stated "In each of these actions I'm keeping my promises to the American people. These are campaign promises. Some people are so surprised that we have strong borders. Well, that's what I've been talking about for a year and a half - strong borders. They're so surprised - 'Oh, he's having strong borders', - well that's what I've been talking about to the press and everybody else."

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