Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
National | By Rosalie Gross

Donald Trump told Michael Flynn to "stay strong" amid growing scandal

Donald Trump told Michael Flynn to

President Trump went back to his initial explanation for his sudden firing of FBI Director James Comey - saying it had to do with Comey's handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails.

President Trump is hosting a joint news conference with Colombian President Juan Manual Santos at the White House Thursday afternoon, the president's first press conference in a week of rapid-fire developments. Mueller on Wednesday evening was appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein as special counsel to oversee the Justice Department's investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the USA presidential election and related issues.

Trump was also asked about his thoughts on the appointment of former FBI Director Robert Muller to lead the probe.

"When I made a decision to just do it I said to myself, I said, 'You know, this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made-up story, '" Mr Trump told NBC's Lester Holt. 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, ' Trump said.

The FBI is investigating alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election, including looking into any possible links between Trump campaign associates and the Kremlin.

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Trump's decision to fire Comey drew widespread condemnation from a number of prominent Democrats, who questioned the timing of the president's move. We're going to have a director who is going to be outstanding, ' Trump vowed. "The FBI has not had that special reputation [after] what happened in the campaign; what happened with respect to the Clinton campaign - and even, you could say, directly or indirectly, with respect to the much more successful Trump campaign".

"No! No!" Trump said tersely.

Reporters pressed the Colombian president to comment on Trump's "America First" policy and the proposed southern border wall, but Santos sidestepped controversy by praising cooperation with the USA in ending the decades-long conflict in his country. Democratic Texas Rep. Joaquin Castro told MSNBC's Chris Hayes that if the reports about Comey's memo are true, then Trump obstructed justice and impeachment would be warranted. "He is a good guy".

"I don't think I'm in a position to give any advice to President Trump".

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