On Thursday, President Trump said there was no collusion between his campaign and Russia, saying that this “has been a witch hunt,” and that his “absolute priority is the United States of America.”
Trump’s Comments on Thursday
At a joint news conference on Thursday afternoon with President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia, President Trump denied the charges of collusion between his campaign and Russia, saying “I respect the move, but the entire thing has been a witch hunt, and there is no collusion between—certainly myself and my campaign, but I can only speak for myself—and the Russians. Zero.”
Trump then went on to say: “I think it divides the country. I think we have a very divided country because of that and many other things.”
“So I want to tell you that we want to bring this great country of ours together, John. And I will also say, very strongly, we’ve had tremendous success.”
When asked whether he urged ex-FBI director James Comey to drop the Flynn investigation—as Comey himself claimed in his written notes after a meeting with President Trump—Trump said: “No, no,” and asked the media to move onto the next question.
The Suspicion of Collusion Between Trump’s Campaign and Russia
Although there is no evidence linking Trump’s Campaign to Russia, there has been a growing suspicion and worry that there may have been.
Many top officials have categorically denied that there is any evidence of such collusion. This Sunday on “Meet the Press,” Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff told Chuck Todd, “I would characterize it this way at the outset of the investigation: There is circumstantial evidence of collusion. There is direct evidence, I think, of deception and that’s where we begin the investigation.”