"We need a great director of the FBI", Trump said.
On the subject of the allegations - started in July 2016 by the Hillary Clinton campaign and embraced by Democrats and some of the media since her surprise defeat in November - that he and his campaign colluded with Russia, Trump said that "the entire thing has been a witch hunt".
President Donald Trump said Thursday that he never asked former FBI Director James Comey to end the bureau's investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn's foreign contacts and payments.
"As far as I can recall, maybe one month or two months before the Trump administration had an official ban on laptops on airlines from seven West Asian countries and it was connected directly with the terrorist threat", Lavrov added. "And even, you could say, directly or indirectly, with respect to the much more successful Trump campaign".
He later reiterated: "There was no collusion, and everybody - even my enemies have said, there is no collusion".
"I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go", Trump told Comey, according to the memo.
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Trump made the decision to fire Comey only after receiving the recommendation from Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. However, Trump told NBC News last week that he would have fired Comey "regardless" of what the Justice Department said.
Trump also said he "respects" the decision to appoint a special counsel to investigate the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation, but he didn't distance himself from his earlier description of the situation as "a witch hunt".
Trump called the multiple inquiries into Russian meddling in the United States election a "witch hunt" that's unnecessarily dividing the country.
Without directly confirming the details of their conversation, Lavrov said he didn't understand what the "secret" was since the USA introduced a ban on laptops on airlines from some West Asian countries two months ago.
"So I want to go slowly about the way we talk about this, but fundamentally, I do think all of Director Comey's notes, and I think all - any and all - tapes that exist in the White House ought to be turned over", Sasse said. "He is a good guy".
The president repeated his denial of involvement with Russia during Thursday's press conference, saying, "There's been no collusion between certainly myself - and my campaign, but I can always speak for myself - and the Russians". Santos is expected to ask Mr. Trump, who is making cuts to foreign aid, to renew funding to support a peace agreement between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces. "Everybody thinks so. And again, we have to get back to working our country properly so that we can take care of the problems that we have".
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