Trump: There was no collusion between campaign and the Russians

The president repeated that statement 16 times to a New York Times reporter during a 30-minute interview.
2:17 | 12/30/17

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Transcript for Trump: There was no collusion between campaign and the Russians
President trump losing one of his Florida golf clubs again today. Inviting some sixty members of the Coast Guard for lunch and a round of golf to thank them for their response to the hurricanes in both Texas and Florida. The president clearly enjoying his break from Washington even sitting down for an impromptu interview with the New York Times ABC's David Wright is in West Palm Beach tonight. As his first year in office quickly winds down resident trump appears to be in a jovial mood. Oh I think all of electric. Back at the clubhouse sitting down with a New York Times reporter even the ongoing Russian investigation doesn't seem to bother truck. The president assured the reporter sixteen times in a thirty minute interview that there was no collusion between his campaign the Russians. Gone where his recent snipes has the integrity of FBI investigators. It's a shame what's happened with the FBI instead the president said repeatedly that he thinks special counsel Bob Mueller is investigation. Will be fair. Trump did however say he thinks the investigation. Makes the country look very bad and it puts the country in a very bad position. For months now it's been a White House talking point that Mueller should wrap up its investigation by the end of the year were shortly thereafter. I'm an Amish porn were could possibly do want to we're great hopes that a wraps up. The trump admitted to the times that may have been wishful thinking timing lines I can't tell you he said. I just don't know but I think we'll be treated fair and he. David is with the president tonight in West Palm Beach, Florida and David in the interview with the times trump also. Appearing to take it another shot at his attorney general Jeff Sessions. That's certainly one way to interpret it time here's the full context a reporter asked. The president whether former attorney general Eric Holder was more loyal to President Obama than sessions has been the trump. Drop wouldn't take the baby said he didn't want to talk about loyalty. But he then went on to say that holder. Always protected Obama and he was critical even in this interview from session's decision to recuse himself from the rush approach. David Wright press tonight David thank you.

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