Trump commits to NATO mutual defense after hesitating

  • Trump commits to NATO mutual defense after hesitating

Trump commits to NATO mutual defense after hesitating

He said that he'd carefully documented his interactions with Trump because he anxious Trump would misrepresent them, and accused the administration of spreading "lies, plain and simple" about the reasons for his firing.

The president ducked twice when asked whether he had recorded his chats with Comey, as he had once suggested.

He also said he was stunned to learn that Comey himself was a leaker. A person close to Trump's legal team has said a complaint would be filed with the Justice Department.

"We believe these are unintended consequences, especially during this Holy Month of Ramadan, but they can be addressed immediately", he said.

"And there would be nothing wrong if I did say it. but I did not say that".

Comey, who was sacked by Trump last month, said he did so in hopes that the memos, which documented what the former director felt was inappropriate contact by the president amid the ongoing investigation, would prompt the Justice Department to appoint a special counsel to take over the probe.

You can't just do what we've been doing in the past, so I did say, yes you haven't paid this year, but what about the past years, the many past years where you haven't paid.

"I'm committing the United States to Article 5", Trump said during a news conference Friday with President Klaus Iohannis of Romania in the White House Rose Garden.

"We hope our other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies will follow Romania's lead on meeting their financial obligations and paying their fair share for the cost of defense", Trump said.

"I'll tell you about that maybe sometime soon", he said.

"And he repeated that he would testify under oath if asked to by special counsel Robert Mueller, the former FBI chief assigned by the Justice Department to oversee the Russian Federation investigation". Only an hour later, Tillerson sat in the front row in the Rose Garden as Trump enthusiastically embraced the move by Saudi Arabia, Egypt and others to punish Qatar.

Trump lashed out at Comey, dubbing him a "leaker" for indirectly providing reporters with the contents of his memos summarizing their private conversations in the weeks before he was sacked.

"Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication", Trump wrote, suggesting that Comey had committed perjury. He painted Trump as a chief executive dismissive of the FBI's independence and made clear that he interpreted Trump's request to end an investigation into Flynn, his former national security adviser, as an order coming from the president.

Trump was publicly silent while Comey testified on Thursday, but tweeted an accusation Friday that Comey - whom Trump fired in May - lied under oath. Instead, Trump let his lawyer do the talking for him.

But Comey's testimony about the President has darkened the clouds hanging over the White House.

House Intelligence Committee leaders also want to know if the tapes exist - and asked the White House to hand them over by June 23.