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Trumps says world laughing at 'stupidity' of Russian Federation collusion probe

12 January 2018

At Wednesday's joint press conference with the Norwegian prime minister, Erna Solberg, Trump again protested his innocence with a defence that included the unexpected argument that his defeated election rival, Hillary Clinton, would have played into Russia's hands by favouring windmills.

"There has been no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russians or Trump and Russians-no collusion", he said.

CNN reports that Trump used the phrase "no collusion" seven times in a single answer to Fox News chief White House correspondent John Roberts, calling his use of the phrase a "virtually Pavlovian" response to any mention of the Russian Federation probe.

The Mueller told the White House last month that they are likely to request an interview with Trump, The Washington Post reported earlier this week.

Despite dodging questions this week about his willingness to be interviewed by the special counsel, Trump said in June that he was "100%" willing to testify under oath about his conversations with James Comey, the Federal Bureau of Investigation director he fired.

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Two Trump campaign aides - including campaign manager Paul Manafort - have been indicted in the investigation.

By far the greatest amount of pressure on the White House so far is coming from the special counsel, Robert Mueller, whose team of 17 prosecutors was authorized in May to investigate "any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump" and related matters. "There was no collusion, everybody including the Dems knows there was no collusion, & yet on and on it goes", Trump tweeted Wednesday. Almost half, 45 percent, said Democrats would take control of the House, compared to just 38 percent who said that outcome was not too likely or not likely at all.

Of course, since then, Mueller's team and the media have uncovered a lot of new details about how Trump's campaign interacted with people linked to Russian Federation.

Earlier in the day, the former reality TV host presided over his first cabinet meeting of the year in the cabinet room, where a day earlier he allowed cameras to watch him negotiate immigration with a bipartisan group of senators for almost an hour.

Trump, asked Wednesday about his comments, said that any immigration deal "has got to include the wall". "We need it for security". Trump denied that, and said he'd be "100 percent" willing tell his version of events under oath. Along with most of the alliance's members, Norway has failed to spend 2% of its GDP on defense as outlined in the alliance's guidelines.

Trumps says world laughing at 'stupidity' of Russian Federation collusion probe