After Glaring Omission In Brussels, Trump Commits To NATO's Article 5

Olive Rios
June 11, 2017

President Donald Trump and Romanian President Klaus Werner Iohannis walk back to the Oval Office of the White House in Washington following their joint news conference in the Rose Garden, Friday, June 9, 2017.

He adamantly denied Comey's claims that he asked him to end the FBI's investigation into national security adviser Michael Flynn.

During nearly three hours of statements Thursday before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Comey described himself as "stunned" by Trump's "very disturbing" and "very concerning" behavior towards him.

Asked again, Trump said: "I'm not hinting anything".

He also offered a blunt assessment Friday of Comey's testimony before the Senate intelligence panel.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Punching back a day after his fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director's damaging testimony, President Donald Trump accused James Comey of lying to Congress and said he was "100 percent" willing to testify under oath about their conversations.

The House intelligence committee sent a letter Friday asking White House counsel Don McGahn whether any tape recordings or memos of Comey's conversations with the president exist now or had existed in the past.

"No collusion. No obstruction".

"Yes, absolutely I would be committed to Article 5", he concluded.

Trump's aides have dodged questions about whether conversations relevant to the Russian Federation investigation have been recorded, and so did the president, in a series of teases.

The pledge came as Trump accused James Comey of lying to Congress about their private exchanges.

A senior White House official later had said the United States does in fact support Article 5 simply by agreeing to the terms of the charter.

"I'll tell you about that sometime in the very near future", Trump said.

"Some of the things that he said just weren't true", added the president, who - when asked if he would be willing to speak under oath to special prosecutor Robert Mueller about the encounters - responded: "100 percent".

Comey said he did so after Trump suggested in a tweet that their conversations may have been recorded.

After silence on the issue, Trump affirms USA commitment to mutual support of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies.

The President last formally took questions on May 18, when he held a bilateral news conference - similar to the one that will happen Friday - with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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