"Asked to comment on the controversy surrounding the reported intelligence sharing, he said media have reported that "the secret" Trump told him was that "'terrorists' are capable of stuffing laptops, all kinds of electronic devices, with untraceable explosive materials.
"No. No. Next question", Trump replied during a press conference with the Colombian president when asked about the New York Times report that Comey had written a memo documenting the February 14 exchange.
Rosenstein appointed a special counsel to oversee the probe on Wednesday, in an escalation of the investigation that Trump called "the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!"
By May 10, White House officials had backed off blaming Rosenstein for the firing, and the next day, Trump contradicted his own officials and told NBC News that the decision to fire Comey was his alone and that he was thinking of "this Russian Federation thing with Trump" when he made it.More news: Nottingham Forest confirm takeover by Greek consortium
"Believe me - there's no collusion". He added that he was thinking of the "Russia thing" when he did so.
Without directly confirming the details of their conversation, Lavrov said he didn't understand what the "secret" was, since the U.S. introduced a ban on laptops on airlines from some Middle Eastern countries two months ago.
The Washington Post reported this week that Trump shared highly classified information with Lavrov and Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak about an Islamic State terror threat involving laptops on aircraft. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., as she emerged from the briefing. But his reputation has come under fierce attack in the past week over the memo he wrote about Comey.
Longtime Trump Organization attorney Michael Cohen and White House Counsel Don McGahn attended the meeting, according to the report.More news: Merkley Agrees NAFTA Needs Renegotiated, But Wary Of Trump Administration
Yet while Trump's communications staff had pinned the decision to fire Comey on Rosenstein's recommendation in the days following Comey's abrupt ouster last week, in an interview with NBC's Lester Holt two days after Comey's firing Trump acknowledged that he "was going to fire" the Federal Bureau of Investigation director "regardless of recommendation". While Rosenstein sharply criticized Comey's handling of the Clinton email server probe in his memo to Trump, the President himself heaped praise on Comey during the campaign for his actions. Trump was not pleased with the news.
"Director Comey was very unpopular with most people", Trump said. 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, when I made that decision I actually thought that it would be a bipartisan decision'.
"I respect the move, but the entire thing has been a witch hunt", Trump said.More news: Israeli intelligence agents furious with Trump
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