Trump Tells News Anchors That Special Counsel in Russia Probe ‘Hurts Our Country’

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In a meeting at the White House on Thursday, President Donald Trump told news anchors that the appointment of a special counsel in the Russia probe is bad for the U.S.

“I believe it hurts our country terribly, because it shows we’re a divided, mixed-up, not-unified country,” Trump said in an on-the-record statement. “And we have very important things to be doing right now, whether it’s trade deals, whether it’s military, whether it’s stopping nuclear — all of the things that we discussed today. And I think this shows a very divided country.”

He also reiterated his previous claim that the Democrats are using the Russia investigation as an “excuse.”

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“It also happens to be a pure excuse for the Democrats having lost an election that they should have easily won because of the Electoral College being slanted so much in their way,” he added. “That’s all this is. I think it shows division, and it shows that we’re not together as a country. And I think it’s a very, very negative thing. And hopefully, this can go quickly, because we have to show unity if we’re going to do great things with respect to the rest of the world.”

The attendees at the lunch included Chris Wallace and Bret Baier from Fox News, John Dickerson and Scott Pelley from CBS News; George Stephanopoulos and David Muir from ABC News; Savannah Guthrie from NBC News;  Jake Tapper and Wolf Blitzer from CNN; and Greta Van Susteren from MSNBC, among others. It was set as an off-the-record session, but Trump’s statement was made on the record and reported by Blitzer on CNN. ABC News said that Trump’s comment was in response to a question from Muir.

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller was named special counsel in the investigation, Justice Department officials announced on Wednesday. The appointment puts Mueller at the head of the probe into Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

In a statement at the time, the White House, on the President’s behalf, said, “As I have stated many times, a thorough investigation will confirm what we already know — there was no collusion between my campaign and any foreign entity.”

He later, however, struck a different tone via Twitter, asking why there was never a special counsel appointed to investigate “all of the illegal acts that took place in the Clinton campaign & Obama Administration.” He also bemoaned the probe as “the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history.”

Thursday’s meeting wasn’t the first time Trump has privately addressed TV anchors and reporters. In November, shortly after winning the election, he called another off-the-record private gathering for top TV executives and anchors at Trump Tower.

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  1. Toni says:

    The dumbocrats.

    “What surprises me is that they are shaking up the domestic political situation using anti-Russian slogans. Either they don’t understand the damage they’re doing to their own country, in which case they are simply stupid, or they understand everything, in which case they are dangerous and corrupt.”

    Quote quiz. Who said that.

  2. Steve Barr says:

    ” Shut the fuck up Donny ” with apologies to The Big Lebowski .

  3. heyitsron says:

    Bombing Syria hurts our country. American troops fighting Afghan’s war hurts our country. Defunding Planned Parenthood hurts our country. Wrecking EPA with Scottie hurts our country. Pandering to religious extremists hurts our country. Denying climate change hurts our country. Now, Donnie, just WHO is doing the most “hurting” here to our country? Wanna guess?

    • John Campbell says:

      Well, I’m not President Trump, but based in what you just claimed here, it’s people,like you that are hurting this country.
      Syria having their airfield bombed for using chemical weapons on civilians is a bad thing? Really?
      Defunding Planned Parenthood is a good thing were it actually happening. Sadly, it is not.
      The EPA being tied up with the globalists global warming scam is more than enough reason to disband the EPA. That’s just for starters.
      Pandering to who? How so? So far we’re seeing leftists doing the same things that the former Soviet Union tried in their effort to rid themselves of religion. Didn’t work too well for them either.
      Climate change? The climate has been doing that all on it’s own since the beginning of time. No one denies that. The problem comes in when globalists try to use it as a tool to scam the world with. Sucks getting caught. :o)

      • W0NK042 says:

        The Syria conflict/destruction, not just the 59 (59!) missiles used on a single airbase (That was able to launch planes 3 hours later – That was in Iraq, according to Trump).

        Climate Change: Just because you don’t understand the (simple) science behind it, doesn’t make it not true.

        The man is an attention seeking puppet, that must have his ego stroked once an hour. Every speech he has done, has gone back to him & how big/large/great something about him is (which it hasn’t been). I doubt he is even aware that most of the marches have happened, as he is away each weekend golfing (at the taxpayers expense) & even if he /was/ home: I’m not sure the man can even read – So his puppet-masters just tell him they are celebrating him.

  4. John Campbell says:

    So if President Trump’s comment was admittedly made “Off the record”, why then is it being quoted here? Cannot the media be trusted for anything beyond not being trusted for anything?

  5. What a load of folderol. The bulk of Mr. T’s actions and words during the campaign was PRECISELY to divide the country. Us vs. Them. His entire campaign BEGAN with dividing the country, or dividing it further. All those smug, snarky, arrogant and divisive catch phrases and claims — about building walls, killing trade deals, SAVING AND IMPROVING our health care, Lock Her Up, “She” can’t be trusted, and many more, BELIEVE ME — will now come back to haunt him. He is no President. He’s not even an Apprentice to the President. And soon, in no small part due to his own big mouth, we may well be able to say those two magic words he himself made so famous on that self-aggrandizing show. Ironic? Poetic justice? SAD?

    • John Campbell says:

      Umm, ………… it was the audience that started and carried the “Lock her up” mantra, not President Trump. Which tells me you didn’t actually watch the rallies and are making comments from a narrative. And, yes, it is US versus THEM. You merely forgot to mention that “them” is the globalist traitors like the likes of George Soros who sold this nation out for their own personal game on a global governance scheme. Fortunately the people got wise and voted the globalists out. :o)

      • More crap. Did Mr. T DISCOURAGE “lock her up”? No, he rode that little ditty all way to the voting booth. Did he dissuade Mr. Flynn from chanting it at the convention? No. Why? Because he’s a nasty prick, err, man. So Trump owns it, whether he coined it not.
        Yes, you’re right, it is US vs. THEM. Unfortunately for all the hopefuls and dolts who voted for Mr. T, he was NEVER one of US. From Day One, in his duplicitous mindset he had a multiplicity of THEM scams to bleed US. For just one thing, NO ONE foresees Trump boldly proposing a nationally helpful or responsible health insurance plan where no one has gone before. Regression is his progress. Good luck with that.
        As for the old trope of Soros the global governance traitor, prove it. And the same could be said of Rex Tillerson, Steven Mnuchin, John Bolton, Robert Mercer, and others in Trump’s wobbly orbit, all having nearly perfected the art of the scam camouflage that they’re on YOUR side. OK, they’re not “globalists’. Provided that corporations own and rule the globe. Populists? And rocks fly. If you so believe, then you have no business excoriating the likes of Soros, et al since your BIBSD sorely needs re-calibration.

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