President Donald Trump on Friday used an interview to defend his actions in relation to the Russia investigation as he signed a veterans bill into law.
PRESIDENT ON TAPES CLAIM: ‘IT WASN’T VERY STUPID’
The president gave an interview to Fox & Friends, making news on comments relating to the Russia investigation. Trump said Robert Mueller, the special counsel, has a “very bothersome” close relationship with James Comey, the former FBI director that Trump fired.
Trump said his tweet about possibly having tapes of his conversations with Comey pressured the ex-official into testifying that Trump wasn’t under investigation at that time.
Comey’s firing, however, has reportedly led to Mueller investigating Trump over whether he obstructed justice.
President Donald Trump holds up the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017 after signing it during a ceremony at the White House.
VA BILL SIGNED
Trump signed the Veterans Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act, which establishes a whistleblower office and gives authority to remove federal employees and recoup bonuses or awards paid to VA employees. The bill passed the Senate unanimously and easily cleared the House of Representatives.
Thanking VA Secretary David Shulkin, Trump gave another of his occasional threats to fire cabinet officials. “If it’s not properly implemented it will never mean the same thing. But I have no doubt it will be properly implemented. Right, David? It better be, David,” he said to applause. “We’ll never have to use those words.”
One attendee to the event was New Hampshire State Rep. Al Baldasaro, who at the Republican convention called for Hillary Clinton to be shot for treason.
The president met with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, once with Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. The meetings come as the White House decides how to react to the death of Otto Warmbier, the college student who was in a coma after being taken into custody in North Korea for stealing a poster.
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