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USA: Trump shuts down Comey question during press conference

United States, Washington DC
May 19, 2017 at 00:33 GMT +00:00 · Published

Donald Trump, US President (English): "No. No. Next question."

Journalist (English): "Next question. As you look back over the past six months or year, have you had any recollection where you've wondered if anything you have done has been something that might be worthy of criminal charges in these investigations or impeachment, as some on the left are implying?"

Donald Trump, US President (English): "I think it's totally ridiculous. Everybody thinks so. And again, we have to get back to working our country properly so that we can take care of the problems that we have. We have plenty of problems. We've done a fantastic job. We have a tremendous group of people. Millions and millions of people out there that are looking at what you had just said, and said, 'What are they doing?' Director Comey was very unpopular with most people. I actually thought when I made that decision -- and I also got a very, very strong recommendation, as you know, from the Deputy Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein. But when I made that decision, I actually thought that it would be a bipartisan decision, because you look at all of the people on the Democratic side -- not only the Republican side -- they were saying such terrible things about Director Comey. Then he had the very poor performance on Wednesday. That was a poor, poor performance. So poor, in fact, that I believe -- and you'd have to ask him, because I don't like to speak for other people -- but I believe that's why the Deputy Attorney General went out and wrote his very, very strong letter. And then, on top of that, after the Wednesday performance by Director Comey, you had a person come and have to readjust the record, which many people have never seen before, because there were misstatements made. And I thought that was something that was terrible."

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US President Donald Trump had a heated exchange with a journalist during his joint press conference with his Colombian counterpart Juan Manuel Santos in Washington DC, Thursday.

The commander-in-chief refused to answer the question: "Did you at any time urge former FBI Director James Comey in any way, shape, or form to close or to back down the investigation into Michael Flynn?", cutting off the journalist by saying "No. Next question."

The journalist continued asking the president was there anything he had done "that might be worthy of criminal charges in these investigations or impeachment." In response Trump said ""I think it's totally ridiculous. Everybody thinks so.

Trump then stated that "Director Comey was very unpopular with most people," adding that the former FBI-director was guilty of "misstatements."

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Donald Trump, US President (English): "No. No. Next question."

Journalist (English): "Next question. As you look back over the past six months or year, have you had any recollection where you've wondered if anything you have done has been something that might be worthy of criminal charges in these investigations or impeachment, as some on the left are implying?"

Donald Trump, US President (English): "I think it's totally ridiculous. Everybody thinks so. And again, we have to get back to working our country properly so that we can take care of the problems that we have. We have plenty of problems. We've done a fantastic job. We have a tremendous group of people. Millions and millions of people out there that are looking at what you had just said, and said, 'What are they doing?' Director Comey was very unpopular with most people. I actually thought when I made that decision -- and I also got a very, very strong recommendation, as you know, from the Deputy Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein. But when I made that decision, I actually thought that it would be a bipartisan decision, because you look at all of the people on the Democratic side -- not only the Republican side -- they were saying such terrible things about Director Comey. Then he had the very poor performance on Wednesday. That was a poor, poor performance. So poor, in fact, that I believe -- and you'd have to ask him, because I don't like to speak for other people -- but I believe that's why the Deputy Attorney General went out and wrote his very, very strong letter. And then, on top of that, after the Wednesday performance by Director Comey, you had a person come and have to readjust the record, which many people have never seen before, because there were misstatements made. And I thought that was something that was terrible."

*MULTIPLE SHOTS AT SOURCE*

US President Donald Trump had a heated exchange with a journalist during his joint press conference with his Colombian counterpart Juan Manuel Santos in Washington DC, Thursday.

The commander-in-chief refused to answer the question: "Did you at any time urge former FBI Director James Comey in any way, shape, or form to close or to back down the investigation into Michael Flynn?", cutting off the journalist by saying "No. Next question."

The journalist continued asking the president was there anything he had done "that might be worthy of criminal charges in these investigations or impeachment." In response Trump said ""I think it's totally ridiculous. Everybody thinks so.

Trump then stated that "Director Comey was very unpopular with most people," adding that the former FBI-director was guilty of "misstatements."

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