President Trump calls reports that campaign had contact with Russia 'fake news'

Trump held a press conference amid swirling questions about Russia.

The president’s remarks came after The New York Times reported this week that members of Trump’s campaign had multiple contacts with Russian officials during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Sources told ABC News that Trump associates had contact with suspected Russian intelligence officials in the lead-up to the election.

Though the president refuted the reporting as fake news, he told ABC News' Jonathan Karl that suspected leaks coming from inside the government are real.

"Well, the leaks are real. You are the one that wrote about them and reported them. The leaks are real. You know what they said. You saw it. And the leaks are absolutely real. The news is fake because so much of the news is fake," Trump said.

When another reporter followed up to ask if any members of Trump's campaign had contacts with Russian officials, the president said definitively that he was not aware of any such contacts.

"No, no, nobody that I know of," Trump said.

He went on to say that neither he nor his former campaign manager Pual Manafort had contact with Russia.

"Look, how many times do I have to answer this question? Russia is a ruse," the president said.

"I have nothing to do with Russia. No person that I deal with does. Manafort totally denied it. People knew he was a consultant in that part of the world but not for Russia — I think people having to do with Ukraine or whoever, but people knew that. Everybody knew that."